||I am a currently doing my MSc at UCT and work at the KAT offices in Pinelands.
Born in Nigeria, brought up in Dubai,India completed BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in India.
Dedication and perseverance are the strong attributes i possess that keeps me moving in the survival of the fittest race.
|Undergraduate Research Project
|Optical Wireless LAN
This project demonstrates an innovative though presently slightly used method of optical data communication.As the name suggests,its a wireless
local area network exploiting the potential of light,specifically the Laser.This circuit enables data communication between any two computers
with serial(RS-232) commmunication capability.The software used in this project allows simultaneous transfer of more than one file by
multiplexing.The circuit allows full-duplex communication and has a range of upto 200m.Solid state laser is used as optical source.The prototype
was designed for server and one client.
- Supervisor : Dr. P.T.Ajith Kumar
- Cosupervisor : Er Shoby B Mathew
|Postgraduate Research Project
|Automated Gateware Discovery using Open Firmware
The objective of the project is to develop and implement an automated gateware
detection mechanism using Open Firmware for the ROACH platform. The
project will involve modifying and extending the capabilities of the U-Boot flat
Open Firmware defined by IEEE standard 1275-1994 is a hardware independent
firmware (computer software which loads the operating system) that can
be used on different processors and buses. It is an interactive firmware system
that can do boot loading, system test and diagnostics. U-Boot is a bootloader
for a number of different computer architectures of which ppc and powerpc
architectures are of interest to this project. The flattened device tree
structure of U-Boot draws similarity with the Open Firmware device tree structure.
The project implementation would enable automatic detection of gateware images
loaded to ROACH reconfigurable hardware (FPGAs) with the appropriate
drivers, a move that leads us to firmware standardization. Firmware standardization
can reduce system costs by eliminating "reinvention of wheels", providing
"off the shelf" sources for firmware, eliminating unnecessary relearning of
different firmware systems, reducing the effort of porting operating systems to
different machines and providing a consistent and powerful base set of hardware
and software debugging tools.
- Supervisor : Prof Mike Inggs
- Cosupervisor : Dr Marc Welz
- Required resources
- Hardware : ROACH board
- Software : uboot
Throughout my career with SKA/KAT I have had experience in dealing with
projects of similar nature through the tasks allotted to me. This project
particularly interests me as the areas i am honing into and intending to master are
Linux kernel familiarization, device driver development, C programming and
gateware development. My present nature of work at KAT also exposes me to
the world of embedded systems and FPGAs.
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