Application mapping is the first step of system design planning using Versal devices. During application mapping, you map various parts of the system into the ACAP hardware, depending on your performance, latency and system cost requirements.
For example, embedded applications typically comprise an accelerator block that performs the compute intensive processing, a DRAM for data storage, an interconnect switch for moving data from DRAM to accelerator hardware, on-chip memory for faster intermediate access, and an embedded processor for controlling the data flow and performing less compute intensive tasks. Data center applications typically comprise a PCIe® interface-based interface for transferring data from host to card DRAM, an interconnect switch, an accelerator block to handle compute intensive functions, on-chip memory for faster accelerator access, and an embedded processor core that controls the data movement in the Versal device, performs less compute intensive functions, and manages communication with the host processor
When mapping your application, consider which of the following Versal device series is better suited to your system application:
- Versal Prime and Premium Series
- The Versal Prime and Premium series include digital signal processor (DSP) Engines, programmable logic (PL), network on chip (NoC), PCIe interfaces, and processing subsystems.
- Versal AI Core Series
- The Versal AI Core series includes adaptable AI Engines as well as DSP Engines, PL, NoC, PCIe interfaces, and processing subsystems.
For example, you can map a compute intensive accelerator function to either the DSP Engines or AI Engines, depending on compute, power, and latency requirements. If the function is more compute heavy and requires multiple parallel processing, AI Engines are recommended. If the function has smaller compute requirements in which latency is critical, DSP Engines are recommended.