Dataflow Coding Example - 2021.2 English

Vitis Unified Software Platform Documentation: Application Acceleration Development (UG1393)

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2021.2 English

In the dataflow coding example you should notice the following:

  1. The pragma HLS dataflow is applied to instruct the compiler to enable dataflow optimization. This is not a data mover, which deals with interfacing between the PS and PL, but instead addresses how the data flows through the accelerator.
  2. The stream class is used as a data transferring channel between each of the functions in the dataflow region.
    Tip: The stream class infers a first-in first-out (FIFO) memory circuit in the programmable logic. This memory circuit, which acts as a queue in software programming, provides data-level synchronization between the functions and achieves better performance.
void compute_kernel(ap_int<256> *inx, ap_int<256> *outx, DTYPE alpha) {
  hls::stream<unsigned int>inFifo;
  #pragma HLS STREAM variable=inFifo depth=32
  hls::stream<unsigned int>outFifo; 
  #pragma HLS STREAM variable=outFifo depth=32

  #pragma HLS DATAFLOW
  read_data(inx, inFifo);
  // Do computation with the acquired data
  compute(inFifo, outFifo, alpha);
  write_data(outx, outFifo);