AIE-ML Events

Versal ACAP AIE-ML Architecture Manual (AM020)

Document ID
AM020
Release Date
2022-09-28
Revision
1.0 English

The AIE-ML and memory modules each have an event logic unit. Each unit has a defined set of local events. The following diagram shows the high-level logical view of events in the AIE-ML tile. The event logic needs to be configured with a set of action registers that can be programmed over the memory-mapped AXI4 interface. There are separate sets of registers associated with event logic for the AIE-ML and memory modules. Event actions can be configured to perform a task whenever a specific event occurs. Also, there is separate broadcast logic to send event signals to neighboring modules.

Figure 1. Events in an AIE-ML Tile

Event Actions

An event itself does not have an action, but events can be used to create an action. Event broadcast and event trace can be configured to monitor the event. Examples of event actions include:

  • Enable, disable, or reset of an AIE-ML
  • Debug-halt, resume, or single-step of an AIE-ML
  • Error halt of an AIE-ML
  • Resynchronize timer
  • Start and stop performance counters
  • Start and stop trace streams
  • Generate broadcast events
  • Drive combo events
  • ECC scrubbing event

For each of these event actions there are associated registers where a 7-bit event number is set and is used to configure the action to trigger on a given event.

Event Broadcast

Broadcast events are both the events and the event actions because they are triggered when a configured event is asserted. The following figure shows the logical view of the broadcast logic inside the AIE-ML tile. The units in the broadcast logic in the AIE-ML and memory modules receive input from and send out signals in all four directions. The broadcast logic is connected to the event logic, which generates all the events. There are configuration registers to select the event sent over, and mask registers to block any event from going out of the AIE-ML tile.

Figure 2. AIE-ML Broadcast Events

Each module has an internal register that determines the broadcast event signal to broadcast in the other directions. To avoid broadcast loops, the incoming event signals are ORed with the internal events to drive the outgoing event signals according the following list:

  • Internal, east, north, south → west
  • Internal, west, north, south → east
  • Internal, south → north
  • Internal, north → south
Tip: The AIE-ML module east broadcast event interface is internally connected to the memory module west broadcast event interface and does not go out of the AIE-ML tile. In the AIE-ML module, there are 16 broadcast events each in the north, south, and west directions. In the memory module, there are 16 broadcast events each in the north, south, and east directions.