SDSoC Development Environment and Advanced Methodology

(ref.E_SDSOCv)

2 days - 14 hours

Objectives

  • After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the necessary skills to:
    • Identify candidate functions for hardware acceleration by using the TCF profiling tool
    • Use the System Debugger's capabilities to control the execution flow and examine memory and variables during a debug session
    • Move designated software functions to hardware and estimate the performance of the accelerator and the effect on the entire system
    • Use the hardware/software event trace to understand the performance of an application given the workload, hardware/software partitioning, and system design choices
    • Improve the memory accesses and data transfer rate between the PS and PL (macro-architecture optimization)
    • Apply HLS directives to enhance the performance of hardware functions (micro-architecture optimization)
    • Create a C-callable library for IP blocks written in a hardware description language like VHDL or Verilog
    • Override tool defaults to improve the performance of individual accelerators and the overall system
    • Create a custom platform using the SDSoC Platform Utility (sdspfm)

Partners

xilinx atp

Prerequisites

  • C or C++ Knowledge
  • Familiarity with the Vivado® Design Suite, Vivado HLS tool, and Xilinx SDK
  • Understanding of Zynq®-7000 architecture (with emphasis on ACP or HP)

Configurations

  • Software Configuration :
    • Xilinx SDx Environment 2019.1 (last version, no upgrade later)
  • Hardware configuration:
    • Recent computer (i7 or i9)
    • Windows 7 64b
    • At least 16GB RAM
    • Minimum display resolution 1024 x 768, recommended 1920x1080

Outline

SDSoC Tool Flow

Application Debugging

Application Profiling

Understanding Estimations in the SDSoC Tool

Hardware/Software Event Tracing

C-Callable IP Library

SDSoC Platform Creation

SDSoC Environment Optimization

Memory Access Optimization

Blocking and Non-Blocking Implementations in the SDSoC Tool

Implementing Multiple Accelerators in the SDSoC Tool

Basics of the Vivado HLS Tool

Design Exploration with Directives (Pragmas)

Pipeline for Performance: PIPELINE

Pipeline for Performance: DATAFLOW

Teaching Methods

  • Face to face
  • Presentation by video projector
  • Provision of paper-based course materials

Support

  • Authorized Trainer Provider XILINX : Engineer Electronics and Telecommunications ENSIL
    • Expert FPGA XILINX - Language VHDL - DSP - Design RTL

Methods of monitoring and assessment of results

  • Attendance sheet
  • Evaluation questionnaire
  • Evaluation sheet on:
    • Technical questionnaire
    • Result of the Practical Works
    • Validation of Objectives
  • Presentation of a certificate with assessment of prior learning

Concerned public

  • Technicians and Engineers in Digital Electronics