Getting Started on AWS F1 with SDAccel and C OpenCL Kernels

Thomas Bollaert edited this page Nov 11, 2017 · 11 revisions

This getting started guide is intended for developers looking to create SDAccel applications on AWS F1 using acceleration kernels created from C/C++ or OpenCL functions.


A number of preparation steps are required before being able to connect to an F1 instance. This module will show you how to:

  • Create an AWS account
  • Create an S3 bucket
  • Preparate your private connection keys
  • Request access to AWS F1 instances


1. Create, configure and test an AWS F1 instance

This module will show you how to:

  • Launch and configure an AWS F1 instance
  • Connect to the instance and run a simple test
  • Close the session


2. Run your first SDAccel program on AWS F1

This module will show you how to:

  • Create and configure a new SDAccel project
  • Compile, profile and accelerate a Smith-Waterman search algorithm


3. Learn more about AWS F1 and the SDAccel C/OpenCL flow

This module provides online training videos on the following topics:

  • Introduction to AWS F1 and the SDAccel Development Environment
  • AWS F1 hardware specifications and requirements
  • Fundamental Concepts of Application Host Code
  • OpenCL Memory Architecture


4. Practice and experiment with C/OpenCL kernels

This module will show you how to:

  • Run additional labs and examples on F1
  • Learn more about SDAccel
  • Get support and troubleshoot issues


5. Install and run SDAccel on your own machine

The AWS F1 instances loaded with the FPGA developer AMI provide all the necessary tools to develop, compile, execute and debug your application in the Amazon cloud. Optionally, it is also possible to develop and compile your application on your own machine and upload it to AWS for execution and debug in the cloud.

This optional module will show you how to:

  • Install and license SDAccel locally on your machine
  • Compile a simple example locally
  • Upload and execute it on AWS F1

You will need the following:

  • A Xilinx account - create one here
  • A Linux computer running either:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Workstation/Server 7.2 and 7.3 (64-bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Workstation 6.7 and 6.8 (64-bit)
    • CentOS 6.8, CentOS 7.3 (64-bit)
    • Ubuntu Linux 16.04.1 LTS (64-bit)


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