Design checkpoints enable you to take a snapshot of your design in its current state. The current netlist, constraints, and implementation results are stored in the design checkpoint. Using design checkpoints, you can:
- Restore your design if needed
- Perform design analysis
- Define constraints
- Proceed with the design flow
You can write design checkpoints at different points in the flow. It is important to write design checkpoints after critical design steps for design analysis and constraints definition. You can read design checkpoints to restore the design, which might be helpful for debugging issues. The design checkpoint represents a full save of the design in its current implementation state. You can run the design through the remainder of the flow using Tcl commands. However, you cannot add new sources to the design.
read_checkpoint <file_name>.dcpTcl commands to write and read design checkpoints. To view a checkpoint in the Vivado IDE, use the
open_checkpoint <file_name>.dcpTcl command. For more information, see the Vivado Design Suite Tcl Command Reference Guide (UG835).