I'm pretty sure I bit off more than I can chew, but I'm not willing to give up yet.
The class is really about compiler optimization. You pick up the IR spit out by LLVM and optimize it and hand it off to whatever backend you're using and then test to see if you made it better or worse -- pretty simple really. For whatever reason, I wanted to try to optimize for space and parallelizm in FPGA, so I picked a board at random (BeMicro CV) and ordered one and then started trying to figure out Quartus, Qsys, Nios II ... I'm having trouble figuring out what any of these tools really are, though I've had some success getting LEDs to blink and pins to spit out serial and so forth.
I'm under the impression Nios II is a library/layout/program that runs on the fpga. Do I have this much right? And I'm further under the impression that the BeMicro CV can run this (mainly because of this: https://github.com/tommythorn/BeMicr...ster/nios_ddr3). Is this right?
I'm wondering if I can use clang (or a similar llvm compiler, of which there seem to be a few choices) to compile IR, *do my class project here*, then compile the IR to fpga using quartus/eds/etc and monitor the serials for program outputs on the BeMicro CV. Is this possible? Maybe use one of the various llvm2verilog compilers I'm finding? There's so much documentation on this site, I vacillate about whether I need 64 gigs of ram and a $5000 dev kit with a stratix pcie board or if I can do something really trivial on my little $50 board. It seems to me I can get something to work, but if I need to give up, it's better to know that this week rather than next week as a semester is only just so long.
(I'm not afraid to read docs, I'm just not sure where to dig in.)