Connecting the Alveo Programming Module

Alveo Programming Cable User Guide (UG1377)

Document ID
UG1377
Release Date
2022-08-19
Revision
1.3 English
This section outlines the programming module connection to the Alveo data center accelerator card procedures. Depending on your system setup, the following installation steps could differ. The following example uses a 15-inch cable. Two adjacent PCIe® slots are necessary: one for the Alveo data center accelerator card and the other for ribbon cable access.
Important: The U25 card can only be programmed using the 6-inch cable. Longer cables are not supported.
  1. Before installing the Alveo data center accelerator card, connect one end of the ribbon cable to the maintenance port on the Alveo data center accelerator card following the instructions outlined in Connecting the Ribbon Cable.
  2. Power off the server and install the Alveo data center accelerator card in the server. Follow the card installation procedures described in the card specific installation guide (see References).
  3. When the card is installed, guide the ribbon cable through the adjacent PCIe slot, providing enough length to attach it to the Alveo programming module.
  4. Attach the other end of the ribbon cable to the maintenance connector on the Alveo programming module following the instructions outlined in Connecting the Ribbon Cable. The following figures show the subsequent setup from the top and side views.
    Figure 1. Installed Alveo Data Center Accelerator Card Connected to Alveo Programming Module – Top View
    Figure 2. Installed Alveo Data Center Accelerator Card Connected to Alveo Programming Module – Side View
  5. Replace the server cover.
  6. Attach the micro-USB cable to USB port 1 of the Alveo programming module. The following figure shows both the ribbon (on the left side) and USB connected (on the right side).
    Figure 3. Alveo Programming Module with Ribbon and USB Cables Connected
  7. Guide the other end of the micro-USB cable to a location that is accessible by the host computer/laptop with the Vivado® Design Suite installed.
The Alveo programming module is successfully installed and the server can now be powered on.