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A New Virtual Hardware Laboratory for Remote FPGA Experiments on Real Hardware

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Executive Summary

E-learning systems become more and more important in higher education. But a lot of e-learning courses are only based on theory or simulations, making them inefficient and also uninteresting for students. Especially in the field of computer engineering, the experience of using real hardware is very important for the understanding of it. Therefore, the authors propose a virtual hardware laboratory where students are taught in circuit design, can simulate and finally test their designs on real FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) hardware via a remote connection. In this paper, they present the requirements for such a virtual laboratory, how they built the system and how it can be used.

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