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Course Overview

Learn how to develop, debug, and profile new or existing C/C++ and
RTL applications in the Vitis™ unified software environment targeting
both data center (DC) and embedded applications.
The emphasis of this course is on:
▪ Building a software application using the OpenCL™ API to run
hardware kernels on Alveo™ accelerator cards
▪ Building a software application using the OpenCL API and the
Linux-based Xilinx runtime (XRT) to schedule the hardware
kernels and control data movement on an embedded processor
▪ Demonstrating the Vitis environment GUI flow and makefile flow
for both DC and embedded applications
▪ Describing the Vitis platform execution model and XRT
▪ Describing kernel development using C/C++ and RTL
▪ Utilizing the Vitis analyzer tool to analyze reports
▪ Explaining the design methodology to optimize a design
What’s New for 2021.2
▪ Xilinx Runtime Library (XRT) Native APIs module: The XRT native
API now supports user-managed kernel control with xrt::ip
▪ Xilinx Card Utilities module: xbutil and xbmgmt are now the
default utilities (legacy utilities can be used with xbutil –legacy or
xbmgmt –legacy)
▪ Vitis Accelerated Libraries module: New functions added to the
Vitis Accelerated Libraries
▪ All labs have been updated to the latest software versions
Level – AI 3
Course Details
▪ 3 days ILT or 24 hours OnDemand
▪ 23 lectures
▪ 10 labs
Course Part Number – AI-ACCEL
Who Should Attend? – Anyone who needs to accelerate their software
applications using FPGAs, SoCs (such as Zynq®-7000 SoCs, Zynq
UltraScale+™ MPSoCs), and Versal® ACAPs
▪ Basic knowledge of Xilinx FPGA architecture
▪ Comfort with the C/C++ programming language
▪ Software development flow
Software Tools
▪ Vitis unified software environment 2021.2
▪ Architecture: Xilinx Alveo accelerator cards, SoCs, and ACAPs
▪ Demo board: Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104 board
After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the
necessary skills to:
▪ Describe how the FPGA architecture lends itself to parallel
▪ Explain how the Vitis unified software environment helps software
developers to focus on applications
▪ Describe the Vitis (OpenCL API) execution model and XRT native
▪ Analyze the OpenCL API memory model
▪ Create kernels from C, C++, or RTL IP using the RTL Kernel
▪ Apply host code optimization and kernel optimization techniques
▪ Move data efficiently between kernel and global memory
▪ Profile the design using the Vitis analyzer tool

Course Outline:

Day 1
Vitis Tool Flow
▪ Introduction to the Vitis Unified Software Platform
Explains how software/hardware engineers and application
developers can benefit from the Vitis unified software environment
and OpenCL framework. {Lecture}
▪ Vitis IDE Tool Overview
Describes the elements of the development flow, such as
software emulation, hardware emulation, and system run as well
as debugging support for the host code and kernel code. {Lecture,
▪ Vitis Command Line Flow
Introduces the Vitis environment makefile flow where the user
manages the compilation of host code and kernels. {Lecture,
Basics of Hardware Acceleration
▪ Introduction to Hardware Acceleration
Outlines the fundamental aspects of FPGAs, SoCs, and ACAPs
that are required to guide the Vitis tool to the best computational
architecture for any algorithm. {Lecture}
Alveo Data Center Accelerator Cards
▪ Alveo Data Center Accelerator Cards Overview
Describes the Alveo Data Center accelerator cards and lists the
advantages of these cards and the available software solutions
stack. {Lecture}
▪ Getting Started with Alveo Data Center Accelerator Cards
Describes the hardware and software installation procedures for
the Alveo Data Center accelerator cards. {Lecture}
Day 2
Vitis Execution Model and XRT
▪ Vitis Execution Model and XRT
Describes the XRT and the OpenCL APIs used for setting up the
platform, executing the target device, and post-processing.
{Lecture, Lab}
▪ Xilinx Runtime Library (XRT) Native APIs
Describes the XRT native APIs used for opening a device, loading
XCLBIN, creating buffers, executing a kernel, and controlling a
graph. {Lecture, Lab}
▪ Synchronization
Describes OpenCL synchronization techniques such as events,
barriers, blocking write/read, and the benefit of using out-of-order
execution. {Lecture, Lab}
▪ Xilinx Card Utilities
Describes the various tool utilities available with the Xilinx
Runtime (XRT), such as the Xilinx board, board management,
and xclbin utilities. The various commands and usage of these
utilities are also covered. {Lecture}
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Accelerating Applications with the
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AI 3
AI-ACCEL (v1.0) Course Specification
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NDRange (Optional)
▪ Introduction to NDRanges
Explains the basics of NDRange (N dimensional range) and the
OpenCL execution model that defines how kernels execute with
the NDRange definition. {Lecture}
▪ Working with NDRanges
Outlines the host code and kernel code changes with respect to
NDRange. Also explains how NDRange works and the best way
to represent the work-group size for the FPGA architecture.
Design Analysis
▪ Profiling
Describes the different reports generated by the tool and how to
view the reports that help to optimize data transfer and kernel
optimization using the Vitis analyzer tool. {Lecture}
▪ Debugging
Explains the support for debugging host code and kernel code as
well as tips to debug the system. {Lecture}
Kernel Development
▪ Introduction to C/C++ based Kernels
Describes the trade-offs between C/C++, OpenCL, and RTL
applications and the benefits of C-based kernels. {Lecture, Lab}
Day 3
Kernel Development
▪ Using the RTL Kernel Wizard to Reuse Existing IP as
Describes how the Vitis unified software development provides
RTL kernel developers with a framework to integrate their
hardware functions into an application running on a host PC
connected to an FPGA via a PCIe® interface. {Lecture, Lab}
Optimization Methodology Guide
▪ Optimization Methodology
Describes the recommended flow for optimizing an application in
the Vitis unified software development environment. {Lecture}
▪ C/C++ based Kernel Optimization
Reviews different techniques such as loop unrolling, pipelining,
and DATAFLOW. {Lecture}
▪ Host Code Optimization
Describes various optimization techniques, such as reducing the
overhead of kernel enqueing and optimizing the data transfer
between kernels and global memory. {Lecture}
▪ Optimizing the Performance of the Design
Illustrates various optimization techniques, such as optimizing the
host code and data transfer between kernels and global memory,
to improve kernel performance. {Lab}
▪ Vitis Accelerated Libraries
Describes the Vitis accelerated libraries that are available for
domain-specific and common libraries. These libraries are
open-source, performance-optimized libraries that offer
out-of-the-box acceleration. {Lecture}
Platform Creation
▪ Creating a Vitis Embedded Acceleration Platform (Edge)
Describes the Vitis embedded acceleration platform, which
provides product developers an environment for creating
embedded software and accelerated applications on
heterogeneous platforms based on FPGAs, Zynq SoCs, and
Alveo data center cards. {Lecture}
Alveo Data Center Accelerator Cards
▪ Alveo Accelerator Card Ecosystem Partner Solutions
Outlines the partner solutions available in the cloud and on
premises for Alveo Data Center accelerator cards. {Lecture}
▪ Xilinx Real-Time Video Server Appliance (Optional)
Describes the Xilinx Real-Time Video Server appliance reference
architectures, the optimized software solution stack for video
applications, and various features offered by Alveo card live
transcoding. {Lecture}