[rc5] I'm interested in FPGAs. How do I start ?
darxus at Op.Net
Mon Nov 3 21:36:23 EST 1997
I know very little about FPGAs, and I wish to remedy this.
I believe this technology may be within my price range, in fact, it may be
possible for me to be able to get a setup with a number of these chips.
I could not find a FPGA FAQ on ftp://rtfm.mit.edu, and unfortunately there
seem to be bad connections between me and http://www.plnv.com (somewhere
in the netcom.com domain) at the moment.
I am interested in the possibility of porting such things as:
* OpenGL (http://www.sgi.com/Technology/OpenGL)
* general (substantial?) floating point acceleration
* MPEG video & audio (other formats as well)
* distributed computing projects, including:
+ the RC5 Challenge (http://www.rsa.com/rsalabs/97challenge/),
specifically the Bovine Project (http://rc5.distributed.net)
+ distributed Chess
+ the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS)
+ searching for optimal Golomb rulers
and, most importantly, the V3 cross-platform open distributed networking
protocol, being developed by the distributed.net folks.
>From what I have found, it seems that Xilinx makes good chips, but I do
not know if there are commercially available PCI cards available with
these chips. If not, I am willing to get some schematics an learn to
build a PCI card of my own.
Whatever it takes.
My operating system of choice is Linux on an x86 platform, but I can do
Windows 95 as well, if necessary.
I like what I've heard of this technology, and it blows my mind that it is
not much more commonplace.
Any and all information you can give me on where I can get this stuff, how
much this technology will cost me, how much power I can get for this cost
(I'm looking for around $500 ?), and what I can do with it -- and how I
can learn how to do what I can do with it, will be most greatly
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