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Virtual NIDays 2015 - Agenda

Virtual NIDays

DAY 1 - 17.11.2015  

9:00-9:45

Keynote I: You & NI Will Create the Internet of Things, Today

National Instruments

Together, you and NI are using a platform-based approach to overcome escalating complexity and create the Internet of Things. The NI vision is empowering engineers and scientists to make this trend a reality.

Explores the latest advances in the NI platform and how you are using them to speed up test, reach measurement decisions faster and enable smarter machines in the IoT. The keynote will feature live demonstrations of application examples and the technology powering real-world IoT systems such as wireless test, data management, condition monitoring and communications system design. 

10:00-10:45

New Hardware Technologies for Data Acquisition Applications

Sam Burhans, National Instruments

Whether your application involves taking a few voltage measurements, a few dozen sensor measurements or even a few hundred synchronized measurements, NI is constantly developing new technology and releasing new products that improve your ability to meet application requirements. This session will introduce the major DAQ (data acquisition) product lines for engineers less familiar with the NI platform, before looking in detail at new hardware releases, their enabling technology and their application use cases. Finally it will glimpse into the future of what the NI DAQ platform has to offer.

11:00-11:45

Processing at the Edge: Why a Platform Based Approach Is Ideal for the Industrial Internet of Things

Nicholas Butler, National Instruments

Are you ready to implement the Industrial Internet of Things?  This technology revolution is more than just a vision or a trend;  it is here today -- and here to stay. But this revolution does not come without challenges;  control and monitoring systems for the Industrial Internet of Things are becoming more complex, requiring a platform-based approach that overcomes obstacles and scales with evolving requirements over time.  In this session, you will learn about the incredible opportunities being created by this migration towards smarter devices, processes, and infrastructure.  We will discuss the fundamentals of the Industrial Internet of Things -- which begins at "the edge" -- and how the LabVIEW Reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture will enable you to design, prototype, and deploy complex embedded control and monitoring systems for IIoT applications.  Furthermore, learn what new technology National Instruments is introducing that will accelerate your productivity and drive rapid innovation in the Industrial Internet of Things.

14:00-14:30

Mobile datalogger - Streaming Data from the Vehicles or Facilities from All Over the Globe to Your Computer

Mitja Gliha, Versarum d.o.o.

Testing vehicles and individual components of the vehicle are most easily performed in the lab, as the measurement data is available immediately, and consequently test parameters can be fitted. In the laboratory, it is still difficult to simulate all the factors and loads to which vehicles are subjected during use. By combining the tests, where the information is available immediately and realistic load conditions during use, we have developed a mobile test system.
The system captures data from various sensors (voltages, currents, 3D vibration, temperature and other required sensors), data is sampled with high frequency and stored locally. High sampling frequency allows the analysis of transient phenomena. All the relavant sensor data or results of statistical data processing is sent the the server via a mobile network connection. Test engineers can access the data stored in the vehicle at any time.

15:00-15:45

Choosing a Software Architecture for Next Embedded Application

Christian Fritz, Burt Snover, National Instruments

Developing software for embedded applications can be challenging. For starters, the business logic for these systems is rarely simple. However, the real challenge often lies in processes like connecting that logic to I/O, integrating the application into an existing system, and ensuring that the application runs properly for months or years at a time. These projects also frequently encounter logistical challenges such as supporting multideveloper teams with tight time-to-market pressures. At this session, discover how a good architecture can help address these issues and review your different architecture options.

DAY 2 - 18.11.2015

9:00-9:45

Keynote II: Shaping Tomorrow

National Instruments

The Internet of Things is already impacting the world around us but will revolutionize the way we live and work in the future. Learn how NI is helping to create a climate of innovation where tomorrow’s engineers will realize the true potential of the IoT. See the most exciting student, research and start-up projects not only from the field of IoT.

10:00-10:45

Introduction to PXI: A Modular Instrumentation Platform

Ravichandran Raghavan, Bill Driver, National Instrument

Learn about PXI, a proven modular instrumentation platform that can keep up with your growing test, measurement, and control needs.

11:00-11:45

Create Without Limits - 4 Ways to Customize Your Software-Designed Instrument

Chris Nunn, National Instruments

Learn about new software features that you can use to quickly develop custom applications for software-designed instruments. These include NI-SCOPE support for NI’s recently released reconfigurable oscilloscopes, instrument driver FPGA extensions, and free application-specific examples from the NI Community. Discover how these IP examples provide an effective foundation for your custom, application-specific solution and explore the capabilities of NI’s recently released software-designed instruments.

14:00-14:30

Combining NI FlexRIO and GPU Accelerator for Advanced RF Signal Processing

Milos Radulovic, UNO-LUX NS d.o.o.

We've worked on developing a system for acquisition and advanced analysis of RF signal. Besides need to have a powerful and reliable platform for acquisition and primary digital signal processing, we needed aditional processing unit to apply advanced mathematical algorithms on hundreds of megabytes of data, in real time.

We've decided to combine NI PXI platform and FlexRIO modules with Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators. Such system allowed us to take advantage of rapid prototyping capabilities that FPGA brings to the table and to utilize massively parallel architecture of GPU accelerators, consisting of thousands of cores designed for dealing with big data and for handling multiple tasks simultaneously.

Using NI FlexRIO platform with LabVIEW FPGA module saved us significant resources in terms of time we spent to develop acquisition and primary digital signal processing unit. We've used CUDA platform in combination with LabVIEW GPU Analysis toolkit for development of main processing unit algorithms and integration of GPU accelerators with main application which was developed in LabVIEW.

Combination of NI PXI platform with FlexRIO FPGA modules and GPU accelerators showed as an extremely powerful system for high-speed data acquisition and advanced big data processing, with big potential for many kinds of applications.

15:00-15:45

LabVIEW Communications: The Revolution in Rapid RF and SDR Prototyping

Rahul Brito, National Instruments

Learn about the innovative system design tool that can help you innovate faster on new wireless communications algorithms and designs. Understand how the integrated design flow from algorithm to FPGA implementation offered by LabVIEW Communications provides a substantial advantage over traditional design processes. Find out how you can bring your algorithms and concepts to life in a real-world prototype more quickly and efficiently with LabVIEW Communications.