Vitis Development Options

6 steps to setup and accelerate your application using Vitis Unified Software Platform:

Develop Using Vitis in the Cloud

Develop accelerated applications with the Vitis Unified Software Platform in the Cloud – No local software installations or upfront purchase of hardware platforms necessary (pay-as-you-go). Log in and get started right away.

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Access Vitis Tools using the FPGA Developer AMI, on AWS Marketplace. This AMI (Amazon Machine Instance) includes everything you need to develop, simulate, debug, and compile your accelerated algorithms on F1 instances – no local software setups required.

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Note: Alveo Target Platforms for 2020.1 are compatible with Vitis tools 2020.2


Beginner Resources 

Introductory Webinar 

In this webinar, learn about the Vitis environment and how it enables the development of embedded software and accelerated applications on Xilinx platforms.

Introductory Training

Access free comprehensive Vitis training courses when you sign up for the Xilinx Developer Program

Introductory Tutorial

See how Vitis unifies software, acceleration, and ML development under a single development platform.

Additional Resources



The Vitis™ unified software platform documentation provides support for using Vitis for each of the two software development flows: Application acceleration development and Embedded software development.

Vitis Documentation 



The Vitis In-Depth Tutorials take users through the design methodology and programming model for deploying accelerated applications on all Xilinx platforms.


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Accelerating Applications with the Vitis Unified Software Environment

Video Title Description
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.
Vitis IDE Tool Overview 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.
Vitis Command Line Flow Introduces the Vitis environment makefile flow where the user manages the compilation of host code and kernels.
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.
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.

Designing with Versal AI Engine

Video Title Description
Overview of the Versal Adative SoC Architecture Provides an overview of the Versal architecture at a high level and describes the various engines in the Versal device, such as the Scalar Engines, Adaptable Engines, and Intelligent Engines. Also describes how the AI Engine in the Versal device meets many dynamic market needs.
Versal AI Engine Architecture Introduces the architecture of the AI Engine and its components.
Versal AI Engine Memory and Data Movement Describes the memory module architecture for the AI Engine and how memory can be accessed by the AI Engines in the AI Engine arrays.
Versal AI Engine Tool Flow Reviews the Vitis tool flow for the AI Engine and demonstrates the full application acceleration flow for the Vitis platform.
Versal Adaptive SoC: Application Partitioning 1 Covers what application partitioning is and how an application can be accelerated by using various compute engines in the Versal device. Also describes how different models of computation (sequential, concurrent, and functional) can be mapped to the Versal adaptive SoC.
The Programming Model: Single Kernel Reviews the AI Engine kernel programming flow for programming and building a single kernel. Also illustrates the steps to create, compile, simulate, and debug a single kernel program using the Vitis IDE tool.
The Programming Model: Introduction to the Adaptive Data Flow (ADF) Graph Provides the basics of the data flow graph model and graph input specifications for AI Engine programming. Also reviews graph input specifications, such as the number of platforms and ports.
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Video  Title Description
Accelerating Applications with the Vitis Unified Software Environment
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 (DC) and embedded applications.
Designing with Versal AI Engine 1 - Architecture and Design Flow This content describes the Versal™ AI Engine architecture, how to program the AI Engines (single kernel programming and multiple kernel programming using data flow graphs), the data communications between the PL and AI Engines, and how to analyze the kernel program using various debugger features.
Designing with Versal AI Engine 2 - Graph Programming with AI Engine Kernels

This content describes the system design flow and interfaces that can be used for data movements in the Versal™ AI Engine. 


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