Accelerating Applications with the Vitis Unified Software Environment

Accelerating Applications with the Vitis Unified Software Environment


03 July 2024 - 05 July 2024     
09:00 - 17:00


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Cereslaan 24, 5384 VT, Heesch

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Course Description

Learn how to develop, debug, and profile new or existing C/C++ and RTL applications in the Vitis™ unified software environment targeting both data center and embedded applications.

The emphasis of this course is on:

  • Using OpenCL™ APIs to run hardware kernels on Alveo™ accelerator cards
  • Scheduling hardware kernels and controlling data movement by using OpenCL APIs and the Xilinx Runtime library for embedded platforms
  • Demonstrating the Vitis environment GUI flow and makefile flow for both data center and embedded applications
  • Describing the Vitis platform execution model and XRT
  • Describing kernel development using C/C++ and RTL
  • Analyzing reports with the Vitis analyzer tool
  • Optimizing designs

What's New for 2023.1

  • Vivado™ acceleration offers hardware designers a new mechanism for using Alveo boards
  • All labs have been updated to the latest software versions



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Course Duration

3 days


Anyone needing to accelerate software applications using FPGAs and adaptive SoCs (such as Zynq™ 7000, Zynq UltraScale+™, and Versal™ devices)


  • Basic knowledge of AMD FPGA architecture
  • Comfort with the C/C++ programming language (or equivalent training/experience)
  • Software development flow
  • Familiarity with makefiles

Software Tools

  • Vitis unified software environment 2023.1


  • Architecture: Alveo accelerator cards, SoCs, and ACAPs
  • Demo board: Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104 board

Skills Gained

After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the necessary skills to:

  • Describe how the FPGA architecture lends itself to parallel computing
  • how the Vitis unified software environment helps software developers to focus on applications
  • Describe the Vitis (OpenCL API) execution model and XRT native APIs
  • Analyze the OpenCL API memory model
  • Create kernels from C, C++, or RTL IP using the RTL Kernel Wizard
  • Apply host code optimization and kernel optimization techniques
  • Move data efficiently between kernel and global memory
  • Profile the design using the Vitis analyzer tool
  • Target Alveo accelerator cards with hardware-only designs

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction to the Vitis Unified Software Platform - Explains how software/hardware engineers and application developers can benefit from the Vitis unified software environment and OpenCL framework. {Lecture}
  • Amdahl's Law - Provides insights into selecting functions for acceleration by illustrating its impact on system performance. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Vitis Unified Software Platform Overview for Accelerator Development - Describes the elements of the development flow, such as software emulation, hardware emulation, and system run as well as debugging support for the host code and kernel code. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Vitis Command Line Flow - Introduces the Vitis environment makefile flow where the user manages the compilation of host code and kernels. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Introduction to Hardware Acceleration - Outlines the fundamental aspects of FPGAs, SoCs, and ACAPs that are required to guide the Vitis tool to the best computational architecture for any algorithm. {Lecture}
  • Alveo Data Center Accelerator Cards Overview - Describes the Alveo Data Center accelerator cards and lists the advantages of these cards and the available software solutions stack. {Lecture}
  • Getting Started with Alveo Data Center Accelerator Cards - Describes the hardware and software installation procedures for the Alveo Data Center accelerator cards. {Lecture}

Day 2

  • Vitis Execution Model and XRT  - Describes the XRT and the OpenCL APIs used for such as setting up the platform, executing the target device and post-processing. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Xilinx Runtime Library (XRT) Native APIs - Describes the XRT native APIs used for opening a device, loading XCLBIN, creating buffers, executing a kernel, and controlling a graph. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Synchronization - Describes OpenCL synchronization techniques such as events, barriers, blocking write/read, and the benefit of using out-of-order execution. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Xilinx Card Utilities - Describes the various tool utilities available with the Xilinx Runtime (XRT), suchas the Xilinx board, board management, and xclbin utilities. The various commands and usage of these utilities are also covered. {Lecture}
  • Introduction to NDRanges (Optional) -Explains the basics of NDRange (N dimensional range) and the OpenCL execution model that defines how kernels execute with the NDRange definition. {Lecture}
  • Working with NDRanges (Optional) - Outlines the host code and kernel code changes with respect to NDRange. Also explains how NDRange works and the best way to represent the work-group size for the FPGA architecture. {Lecture}
  • Profiling - Describes the different reports generated by the tool and how to view the reports that help to optimize data transfer and kernel optimization using the Vitis analyzer tool. {Lecture}
  • Debugging - Explains the support for debugging host code and kernel code as well as tips to debug the system. {Lecture}
  • Introduction to C/C++ based Kernels - Describes the trade-offs between C/C++, OpenCL, and RTL applications and the benefits of C-based kernels. {Lecture, Lab}

Day 3

  • Using the RTL Kernel Wizard to Reuse Existing IP as Accelerators - Describes how the Vitis unified software development provides RTL kernel developers with a framework to integrate their hardware functions into an application running on a host PC connected to an FPGA via a PCIe® interface. {Lecture, Lab}
  • Optimization Methodology - Describes the recommended flow for optimizing an application in the Vitis unified software development environment. {Lecture}
  • C/C++ based Kernel Optimization - Reviews different techniques such as loop unrolling, pipelining, and DATAFLOW. {Lecture}
  • Host Code Optimization - Describes the various optimization techniques such as reducing the overhead of kernel enqueing, and optimizing the data transfer between kernels and global memory. {Lecture}
  • Optimizing the Performance of the Design - Illustrates various optimization techniques, such as optimizing the host code and data transfer between kernels and global memory, to improve kernel performance. {Lab}
  • Vitis Accelerated Libraries - Describes the Vitis accelerated libraries that are available for domain-specific and common libraries. These libraries are open-source, performance-optimized libraries that offer out-of-the-box acceleration. {Lecture}
  • Creating a Vitis Embedded Acceleration Platform (Edge) - Describes the Vitis embedded acceleration platform, which provides product developers an environment for creating embedded software and accelerated applications on heterogeneous platforms based on FPGAs, Zynq SoCs, and Alveo data center cards. {Lecture}
  • Implementing Vivado Designs on Alveo Cards - Illustrates how hardware developers can target Alveo boards using the Vivado™ Design Suite without the complexity and software requirements of Vitis acceleration. {Lecture, Lab}


  • Alveo Accelerator Card Ecosystem Partner Solutions (Optional) - Outlines the partner solutions available in the cloud and on premises for Alveo Data Center accelerator cards. {Lecture}


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