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Setup Information for the HP Z400 workstations (ML605, DE4-530, BEE3)

Below are some facts/tips to setup and start using the HP Z400 workstations which are being delivered for use with several FPGA development systems (Xilinx ML605, Altera DE4-530, BEEcube BEE3). We will add details as queries arise, but feel free also to comment on this document to ask any specific questions.

 

  • The workstations are dual boot (Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit and Red Hat Enterprise 5, 64-bit)
  • The systems are the property of the receiving university; the CMC stickers on the case and monitor are only information tags for contacting support.
  • There is a default user, “dsuser”; passwords have been sent to the Development System Coordinator at the receiving university
  • For the ML605 and BEE3 systems, Xilinx ISE Design Suite: System Edition version 13.4  and AutoESL 2012.1 is installed:
    • In Windows:  C:\tools\Xilinx
    • In Linux: /DevSys/tools/Xilinx
    • To setup the environment run at the command prompt:

                           source /DevSys/tools/Xilinx/13.4/ISE_DS/Xilinx.13.4.csh 

    • CMC provides access to Xilinx licenses at no cost to Designer/Prototyping Subscribers through the central License Management System (LMS); for more information, go to:

https://www.cmc.ca/en/WhatWeOffer/Design/Tools/Xilinx.aspx

  • Altera Quartus II 12.0 is installed:
    • In Windows: C:\tools\altera
    • In Linux: /DevSys/tools/altera
    • To setup the environment, run at the command prompt:

   source /DevSys/scripts/altera.12.0.csh 

    • CMC provides access to Altera licenses at no cost to Designer/Prototyping Subscribers through the central License Management System (LMS); for more information, go to:

https://www.cmc.ca/en/WhatWeOffer/Design/Tools/Altera.aspx

  • MATLAB and Simulink were installed using a temporary license. To point to a local/site license, edit the network.lic file to reference your local server name, hostid and port:
    • In Windows: C:\tools\MATLAB\R2011a\licenses\network.lic
    • In Linux: /DevSys/tools/MATLAB/R2011a/licenses/network.lic
  • Terminal/serial communications:
    • In Linux, we have installed kermit as a serial communication tool for the ML605 and BEE3 systems; to launch a kermit session for the ML605, run:

kermit /DevSys/scripts/.kerm_setupML605 

      • To launch a kermit session(s) for the BEE3, run:

kermit /DevSys/scripts/.kerm_setupBEE3_USB0

kermit /DevSys/scripts/.kerm_setupBEE3_USB1

            kermit /DevSys/scripts/.kerm_setupBEE3_USB2

            kermit /DevSys/scripts/.kerm_setupBEE3_USB3

*Note: depending on how you’ve connected the USB cables between the BEE3 and workstation, the order of ports may change (e.g., USB0=FPGA_A).

The kermit session prompt will specify which FPGA is connected (e.g, “FPGA_A%”)

    • In Windows, we have installed putty; to launch a serial terminal session, do the following:
      • Double-click the putty icon on the desktop
      • Click the “Serial” button under Connection type
      • Click “Serial” in the Category: panel
      • Use the following settings:
        • Serial line to connect to:  COM3 (this may depend on how you have connected the USB cables to the target system)
        • Speed (baud): 9600 (ML605) or (115200 (BEE3)
        • Databits: 8
        • Stop bits: 1
        • Parity: None
        • Flow control: None
      • Click “Open” to start the serial terminal session
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