There are a variety of computing resources available for students to use when working on the labs and the project. The tool chain used in this course is designed to run on an Athena/Linux machine.
38-301 Computer Lab
The computing cluster located in 38-301 is dedicated for students enrolled in one of the various CAD courses. The lab is open 24 hours a day and the lab access code will be given out in class. If you have forgotten the code then please contact the course staff. The lab contains 20+ Dell workstations donated by Intel. Please be aware that we may be sharing the lab this Spring with students from other classes.
Public Athena Clusters
In addition to the workstations located in the course computer lab (38-301) you may also want to take advantage of the more powerful Athena/Linux machines located in the public Athena clusters. More specifically several of the Athena clusters have HP Compaq dc5100 workstations (3.2GHz/P4/1GB) and IBM-S50 workstations (3.2GHz/P4/1GB). There are a few of these faster workstations in 38-370 and 12 IBM-S50 workstations in 37-318. The student center cluster also has many of these faster machines. You can check availability of workstations in these and all the public Athena clusters here.
Remote Login vlsifarm Servers
We have a number of servers running standard Athena/Linux which are available to students currently registered for the course. The FPGAs we use in the later part of the course are connected to these machines. See the vlsifarm servers page for more information on these servers.
Private Athena/Linux Workstation
A final option is for students to create their own personal Athena/Linux workstation which is dedicated to running the 6.375 toolflow. This might be a very attractive option for graduate students with an extra machine lying around. Installing Athena/Linux is relatively straightforward. The TA can offer advice on how to setup a dedicated Athena/Linux machine.