Specifies that dataflow optimization be performed on the functions or loops as described in Exploiting Task Level Parallelism: Dataflow Optimization, improving the concurrency of the RTL implementation.
All operations are performed sequentially in a C/C++ description. In
the absence of any directives that limit resources (such as
set_directive_allocation), Vitis HLS seeks to minimize latency and improve concurrency. Data dependencies can limit
this. For example, functions or loops that access arrays must finish all read/write
accesses to the arrays before they complete. This prevents the next function or loop
that consumes the data from starting operation.
It is possible for the operations in a function or loop to start operation before the previous function or loop completes all its operations. When the DATAFLOW optimization is specified, the HLS tool analyzes the dataflow between sequential functions or loops and creates channels (based on ping-pong RAMs or FIFOs) that allow consumer functions or loops to start operation before the producer functions or loops have completed. This allows functions or loops to operate in parallel, which decreases latency and improves the throughput of the RTL.
config_dataflowcommand specifies the default memory channel and FIFO depth used in DATAFLOW optimization.
If no initiation interval (number of cycles between the start of one function or loop and the next) is specified, Vitis HLS attempts to minimize the initiation interval and start operation as soon as data is available.
For the DATAFLOW optimization to work, the data must flow through the
design from one task to the next. The following coding styles prevent the HLS tool
from performing the
DATAFLOW optimization. Refer to
Dataflow Optimization Limitations for additional details.
- Single-producer-consumer violations
- Feedback between tasks
- Conditional execution of tasks
- Loops with multiple exit conditions
Finally, the DATAFLOW optimization has no hierarchical implementation. If a sub-function or loop contains additional tasks that might benefit from the DATAFLOW optimization, you must apply the optimization to the loop, the sub-function, or inline the sub-function.
set_directive_dataflow <location> -disable_start_propagation
<location>is the location (in the format
function[/label]) at which dataflow optimization is to be performed.
-disable_start_propagationdisables the creation of a start FIFO used to propagate a start token to an internal process. Such FIFOs can sometimes be a bottleneck for performance.
Specifies dataflow optimization within function