LARF is a tool for time-division-multiplexing (TDM) optimization in multi-FPGA systems. Given the timing graph and the routing resources between FPGAs, it will generate the TDM ratio for each inter-FPGA signal such that the system clock period (the maximum arrival time of the sinks of the timing graph). More details may refer to the following papers,
- Chak-Wa Pui and Evangeline F. Y. Young, 'Lagrangian Relaxation-Based Time-Division Multiplexing Optimization for Multi-FPGA Systems', accepted by ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES)
- Chak-Wa Pui and Evangeline F. Y. Young, 'Lagrangian Relaxation-Based Time-Division Multiplexing Optimization for Multi-FPGA Systems', IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), Westminster, CO, USA, Nov. 4-7, 2019.
(LARF supports ISPD'16 benchmarks. This version of code is consistent with the one accpected by TODAES.)
1. How to Build
Step 1: Download the source code. For example,
$ git clone https://github.com/cuhk-eda/larf
Step 2: Go to the project root and build by
$ cd larf/src $ make
Note that this will generate a folder
bin under the root, which contains binaries and auxiliary files.
More details are in
- GCC (version >= 4.8.0) or other working c++ compliers
- Boost (version >= 1.58)
- Python (version 3, optional, for utility scripts)
2. How to Run
2.1. Toy Test
Run Binary Directly
Go to the
bin directory and run the binary
larf with a toy case
$ cd bin $ mkdir f01 $ ../larf -aux ../../toys/ispd2016/FPGA01/design.aux -flow tdm_part -partition 5 $ ../larf -aux 0/design.aux -out FPGA01_0.pl -flow tdm_place $ ../larf -aux 1/design.aux -out FPGA01_1.pl -flow tdm_place $ ../larf -aux 2/design.aux -out FPGA01_2.pl -flow tdm_place $ ../larf -aux 3/design.aux -out FPGA01_3.pl -flow tdm_place $ ../larf -aux 4/design.aux -out FPGA01_4.pl -flow tdm_place $ ../larf -aux ../../toys/ispd2016/FPGA01/design.aux -flow tdm_time -out f01.tdm -partition 5
Run with a Wrapping Script
Instead of running the binary directly, you may also use a wrapping script
run.sh to save typing and do more:
$ export BENCHMARK_PATH=$(pwd)/toys $ cd bin $ ./run.sh tdm_part f01 5 $ ./run.sh tdm_place f01 5 $ ./run.sh tdm_time f01 5
More usage may refer to
2.2. Batch Test
The benchmarks can be downloaded from ISPD'16.
You may let
run.sh know the benchmark path by setting OS environmental variable
$ cd bin $ ./run.sh tdm_part <benchmark_name...|all> <#partitions> [option...] $ ./run.sh tdm_place <benchmark_name...|all> <#partitions> [option...] $ ./run.sh tdm_time <benchmark_name...|all> <#partitions> [option...]
scripts: utility python/bash scripts
src: C++ source code
alg: external algorithm packages
gp: global placement
tdm: time-division-multiplexing optimization
toys: toy test cases
Experiments are performed on a 64-bit Linux workstation with Intel Xeon Silver 4114 CPU (2.20GHz, 40 cores) and 256GB memory, where eight threads are used.
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