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Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2019

Our recent research results of implementation of Conjugate Gradient as benchmark for HPC solutions was presented during Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2019 conference in Warsaw 11 – 13 March.

For more details about the conference click [here]

Click [here] to access the presentation.

The talk covers:

  • Implementation of Conjugate Gradient computing kernel with Vivado HLS for Xilinx Alveo U250 platform
  • System design and performance results with the external DDR memory
  • System design and performance results with the embedded memory block

PANDA Straws and DAQ system under beam

February was a month of very intensive work to prepare our straw detector and Data Acquisition System for tests with proton beam from COSY accelerator at Juelich Forschungszentrum in Germany.

Together with 5 other groups we had granted one week of beamtime to evaluate the detectors, electronics and software.

It was the first time we evaluated operation of the entire, small scale detector system for PANDA experiment. Three detector subsystems: Forward Tracker, Electromagnetic Calorimeter and Time-of-Flight, each with their own readout system, were synchronized with SODANet system and generated data was processed by a set of 3 Compute Node modules for burst building and preliminary preprocessing.

It was also the possibility to test the data preprocessing system based on Xilinx ZCU102 platform. The board receives data streams from the digitizing boards and recovers track candidates, rejecting empty events.

Seminar – Using FPGA devices for Lattice QCD

You are welcome to join the seminar by dr. Piotr Korcyl on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 12:15 in room D-2-02 at the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of Jagiellonian University.

The talk will cover:

  • implementation of Conjugate Gradient algorithm on Xilinx Zynq MPSoC
  • design methodologies to accelerate computations on FPGA platforms using High Level Synthesis
  • memory management and data transport infrastructure
  • prospects to design an FPGA High Performance Computing platform.

Stereo-camera available

ZED Stereo camera from Stereolabs is available for research projects. It can be easily combined with ZCU104 and ZCU102 platforms which are powered by Zynq MPSoCs. The first one even has an example projects with step-by-step instructions for running a demo project.

The camera is used for depth perpection and motion tracking. Check out the video below:

We plan to evaluate this camera in our PET projects for tracking the patient under scan movement and real-time data corrections based on acquired values.

WEB Frontend builder for Slow Control – Taken

The project is about designing and implementing a configurable frontend interface for Slow Control System for DJPET

Slow Control System allows to control and monitor parameters of the electronics included in the data acquisition system of the DJPET scanner.

The user interface should give a possibility to display values under various forms (e.g.: graphs, raw values etc.) refreshed at time intervals as well as collect input from the user. As the is dynamically developed, the GUI should be easily adjustable by inserting or removing new fields.

Projekt polega na zaprojektowaniu i zaimplementowaniu interfejsu graficznego dla systemu kontrolno/sterującego dla skanera DJPET

System kontrolno/sterujący pozwala na ustawianie i monitorowanie parametrów elektroniki wchodzącej w skład systemu akwizycji danych.

Interfejs użytkownika powinien dawać możliwość prezentowania odczytywanych wartości w różnych formach (grafy, surowe wartości, itp.) odświeżanych w zadanej częstotliwości oraz pozwalać użytkownikowi ustawiać parametry odczytu. Ponieważ system jest dynamicznie rozwijany, GUI powinno mieć możliwość łatwego dodawania  i usuwania nowych pól.

Hardware shelf update

Thanks to the department funding we have updated the hardware available for various projects. Do you have an idea for a project? Check out the list of boards and equipment below:

  • ZCU102 – Zynq MPSoC EG: advanced platform for all sorts of projects: networking, computing, video processing and much more


  • ZCU104 – Zynq MPSoC EV: great for advanced video processing and HPC applications


  • ZC706 – Zynq 45: Versatile platform for evaluation of System-on-Chip architectures


  • ZYBO Z7 – Zynq 20: powerful and compact platform for various entry projects


  • KC705 – Kintex 325: versatile platform for evaluation of Kintex devices


  • ZedBoard Zynq 20: universal Zynq platform for entry projects


  • ZED: stereo camera, compatible with ZCU104 platforms


  • PCAM: video camera for Zybo platforms


  • MTDS PMod: LCD screen with touch support


  • NAV PMod: 9-axis IMU sensor


  • And much more! Feel free to contact us in case you need some support