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Embedded C/C++ SDSoC Development Environment and Methodology | Seattle, WA


Course Description

This one-day course is structured to help designers new to the SDSoCTM development environment to quickly create accelerated systems. The focus is on utilizing the tools to accelerate an existing design at the system architecture level, not on the optimization of the accelerator microarchitectures.

Several optional modules are provided to quickly provide students with the necessary background on both hardware and software. The first half of this class is Level 1 while the afternoon's topics are at Level 2.

Course Outline
▪  Course Introduction
▪  Zynq AP SoC Architecture Support for Accelerators [Optional]
▪  Software Overview [Optional]
▪  SDSoC Tool Overview {Lecture, Demos, Lab}
▪  SDSoC Design Best Practices {Lecture, Demo}
▪  Profiling {Lecture, Demo, Lab}
▪  Debugging {Lecture, Demo, Lab}
▪  Understanding Estimations {Lecture, Demo, Lab}
▪  Blocking vs. Non-Blocking Implementations {Lecture, Lab}
▪  Multiple Accelerators {Lecture, Lab}

      Topic Descriptions

      Zynq AP SoC Architecture Support for Accelerators [Optional] Discusses the relevant aspects of the Zynq All Programmable SoC architecture for accelerator design. The focus is on AXI ports and protocols, system latency, and memory utilization.

      Software Overview [Optional] Provides a thorough understanding of how the integrated design environment works, including how the compiler and linker behave, basics of makefiles, DMA usage, and variable scope.

      SDSoC Tool Overview {Lecture, Demos, Lab} Introduces the purpose, underlying structures, and basic functionality of the SDSoC development environment through a combination of lecture and demonstration. Student will cement their knowledge with a lab that reinforces the concepts provided in the lecture and demo.

      SDSoC Design Best Practices {Lecture, Demo} Illustrates common mistakes and how to avoid them. Also describes approaches to refactoring software for hardware acceleration.

      Profiling {Lecture, Demo, Lab} Profiling is the process that identifies how the processor is spending its time. Through profiling, the user can quickly identify which functions must be optimized or moved to hardware to satisfy the performance requirements.

      Debugging {Lecture, Demo, Lab} Through the use of the System Debugger, students will learn how to follow the control flow in an executing application and see the effects of the code on memory to successfully debug software issues.

      Understanding Estimations {Lecture, Demo, Lab} Once a function is moved to hardware, questions remain: Will the accelerator fit in hardware? Will it fun fast enough? Estimations can provide the answers.

      Blocking vs. Non-Blocking Implementations {Lecture, Lab} Addresses how the processor behaves while the accelerator is producing solutionsdoes it wait or continue on?

      Multiple Accelerators {Lecture, Lab} There are times when moving a single function to hardware is not enoughmultiple functions must be moved to hardware, or one accelerator must be duplicated. Here students will learn to control how the tool produces the accelerators.

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