DPU Configuration


The DPU IP provides some user-configurable parameters to optimize resource usage and customize different features. Different configurations can be selected for DSP slices, LUT, block RAM, and UltraRAM usage based on the amount of available programmable logic resources. There are also options for additional functions, such as channel augmentation, average pooling, depthwise convolution, and softmax. Furthermore, there is an option to determine the number of DPU cores that will be instantiated in a single DPU IP.

The deep neural network features and the associated parameters supported by the DPU are shown in the following table.

A configuration file named arch.json is generated during the Vivado or Vitis flow. The arch.json file is used by the Vitis AI Compiler for model compilation. For more information of Vitis AI Compiler, see refer to the Vitis AI User Guide (UG1414).

In the Vivado flow, the arch.json file is located at $TRD_HOME/prj/Vivado/srcs/top/ip/top_dpu_0/arch.json. In the Vitis flow, the arch.json file is located at $TRD_HOME/prj/Vitis/binary_container_1/link/vivado/vpl/prj/prj.gen/sources_1/bd/zcu102_base/ip/zcu102_base_DPUCZDX8G_1_0/arch.json.

Table 1. Deep Neural Network Features and Parameters Supported by the DPU
Features Description
Convolution Kernel Sizes W: 1–16 H: 1–16
Strides W: 1–8 H:1–8
Padding_w 0-(kernel_w-1)
Padding_h 0-(kernel_h-1)
Input Size Arbitrary
Input Channel 1–256 * channel_parallel
Output Channel 1–256 * channel_parallel
Activation ReLU, ReLU6 and LeakyReLU
Dilation dilation * input_channel ≤ 256 * channel_parallel && stride_w == 1 && stride_h == 1
Constraint* kernel_w *kernel_h * (ceil(input_channel / channel_parallel)) <= bank_depth/2

Depthwise Convolution

Kernel Sizes W: 1–16 H: 1–16
Strides W: 1–8 H:1–8
Padding_w 0-(kernel_w-1)
Padding_h 0-(kernel_h-1)
Input Size Arbitrary
Input Channel 1–256 * channel_parallel
Output Channel 1–256 * channel_parallel
Activation ReLU, ReLU6
Dilation dilation * input_channel ≤ 256 * channel_parallel && stride_w == 1 && stride_h == 1
Constraint* kernel_w *kernel_h * (ceil(input_channel / channel_parallel)) <= bank_depth/2
Deconvolution Kernel Sizes W: 1–16 H: 1–16
Stride_w stride_w * output_channel ≤ 256 * channel_parallel
Stride_h Arbitrary
Padding_w 0-(kernel_w-1)
Padding_h 0-(kernel_h-1)
Input Size Arbitrary
Input Channel 1–256 * channel_parallel
Output Channel 1–256 * channel_parallel
Activation ReLU, ReLU6 and LeakyReLU
Max Pooling Kernel Sizes W: 1–8 H: 1–8
Strides W: 1–8 H:1–8
Padding W: 0–(kernel_w-1) H: 0–(kernel_h-1)
Average Pooling Kernel Sizes Only support square size from 2x2, 3x3 to 8x8
Strides W: 1-8 H: 1-8
Padding W: 0-(kernel_w-1) H: 0-(kernel_h-1)
Max Reduce (max pooling for large size) Kernel Sizes W: 1-256 H: 1-256
Strides Equals to kernel size
Padding Not supported
Elementwise-Sum Input channel 1–256 * channel_parallel
Input size Arbitrary
Feature Map Number 1-4
Elementwise-Multiply Input channel 1–256 * channel_parallel
Input size Arbitrary
Feature Map Number 2
Concat Output channel 1–256 * channel_parallel
Reorg Strides stride * stride * input_channel ≤ 256 * channel_parallel
Batch Normalization - -
FC Input_channel Input_channel ≤ 2048 * channel_parallel
Output_channel Arbitrary
  1. The parameter channel_parallel is determined by the DPU configuration. For example, channel_parallel for the B1152 is 12, and channel_parallel for B4096 is 16 (see Parallelism for Different Convolution Architectures table in Configuration Options section).
  2. In some neural networks, the FC layer is connected with a Flatten layer. The Vitis AI compiler will automatically combine the Flatten+FC to a global CONV2D layer, and the CONV2D kernel size is directly equal to the input feature map size of Flatten layer. For this case, the input feature map size cannot exceed the limitation of the kernel size of CONV, otherwise an error will be generated during compilation.

    This limitation occurs only in the Flatten+FC situation. This will be optimized in future releases.

  3. In all DPU architectures, the bank_depth of Feature Map and Weights is 2048.
  4. Max Reduce is similar to Max Pooling but it is able to handle larger kernel sizes. The constraint is kernel_w * kernel_h * input_channel <= PP * CP * bank_depth.

Configuration Options

The DPU can be configured with some predefined options, which includes the number of DPU cores, the convolution architecture, DSP cascade, DSP usage, and UltraRAM usage. These options allow you to set the DSP slice, LUT, block RAM, and UltraRAM usage. The following figure shows the configuration page of the DPU.

Figure 1: DPU Configuration – Arch Tab
Number of DPU Cores
A maximum of four cores can be selected in one DPU IP. Multiple DPU cores can be used to achieve higher performance. Consequently, it consumes more programmable logic resources.

Contact your local Xilinx sales representative if more than four cores are required.

Architecture of DPU
The DPU IP can be configured with various convolution architectures which are related to the parallelism of the convolution unit. The architectures for the DPU IP include B512, B800, B1024, B1152, B1600, B2304, B3136, and B4096.

There are three dimensions of parallelism in the DPU convolution architecture: pixel parallelism, input channel parallelism, and output channel parallelism. The input channel parallelism is always equal to the output channel parallelism (this is equivalent to channel_parallel in the previous table). The different architectures require different programmable logic resources. The larger architectures can achieve higher performance with more resources. The parallelism for the different architectures is listed in the following table.

Table 2. Parallelism for Different Convolution Architectures
DPU Architecture Pixel Parallelism (PP) Input Channel Parallelism (ICP) Output Channel Parallelism (OCP) Peak Ops (operations/per clock)
B512 4 8 8 512
B800 4 10 10 800
B1024 8 8 8 1024
B1152 4 12 12 1150
B1600 8 10 10 1600
B2304 8 12 12 2304
B3136 8 14 14 3136
B4096 8 16 16 4096
  1. In each clock cycle, the convolution array performs a multiplication and an accumulation, which are counted as two operations. Thus, the peak number of operations per cycle is equal to PP*ICP*OCP*2.
Resources Utilization
The resources utilization of a referenced DPU single core project is as follows. The data is based on the ZCU102 platform with Low RAM Usage, Depthwise Convolution, Average Pooling, Channel Augmentation, Average Pool, Leaky ReLU + ReLU6 features and Low DSP Usage.
Table 3. Resources of Different DPU Architectures
DPU Architecture LUT Register Block RAM DSP
B512 (4x8x8) 27893 35435 73.5 78
B800 (4x10x10) 30468 42773 91.5 117
B1024 (8x8x8) 34471 50763 105.5 154
B1152 (4x12x12) 33238 49040 123 164
B1600 (8x10x10) 38716 63033 127.5 232
B2304 (8x12x12) 42842 73326 167 326
B3136 (8x14x14) 47667 85778 210 436
B4096 (8x16x16) 53540 105008 257 562
RAM Usage
The weights, bias, and intermediate features are buffered in the on-chip memory. The on-chip memory consists of RAM which can be instantiated as block RAM and UltraRAM. The RAM Usage option determines the total amount of on-chip memory used in different DPU architectures, and the setting is for all the DPU cores in the DPU IP. High RAM Usage means that the on-chip memory block will be larger, allowing the DPU more flexibility in handling the intermediate data. High RAM Usage implies higher performance in each DPU core. The number of BRAM36K blocks used in different architectures for low and high RAM Usage is illustrated in the following table.
Note: The DPU instruction set for different options of RAM Usage is different. When the RAM Usage option is modified, the DPU instructions file should be regenerated by recompiling the neural network. The following results are based on a DPU with depthwise convolution.
Table 4. Number of BRAM36K Blocks in Different Architectures for Each DPU Core
DPU Architecture Low RAM Usage High RAM Usage
B512 (4x8x8) 73.5 89.5
B800 (4x10x10) 91.5 109.5
B1024 (8x8x8) 105.5 137.5
B1152 (4x12x12) 123 145
B1600 (8x10x10) 127.5 163.5
B2304 (8x12x12) 167 211
B3136 (8x14x14) 210 262
B4096 (8x16x16) 257 317.5
Channel Augmentation
Channel augmentation is an optional feature for improving the efficiency of the DPU when the number of input channels is much lower than the available channel parallelism. For example, the input channel of the first layer in most CNNs is three, which does not fully use all the available hardware channels. However, when the number of input channels is larger than the channel parallelism, then enabling channel augmentation.

Thus, channel augmentation can improve the total efficiency for most CNNs, but it will cost extra logic resources. The following table illustrates the extra LUT resources used with channel augmentation and the statistics are for reference.

Table 5. Extra LUTs of DPU with Channel Augmentation
DPU Architecture Extra LUTs with Channel Augmentation
B512(4x8x8) 3121
B800(4x10x10) 2624
B1024(8x8x8) 3133
B1152(4x12x12) 1744
B1600(8x10x10) 2476
B2304(8x12x12) 1710
B3136(8x14x14) 1946
B4096(8x16x16) 1701
In standard convolution, each input channel needs to perform the operation with one specific kernel, and then the result is obtained by combining the results of all channels together.

In depthwise separable convolution, the operation is performed in two steps: depthwise convolution and pointwise convolution. Depthwise convolution is performed for each feature map separately as shown on the left side of the following figure. The next step is to perform pointwise convolution, which is the same as standard convolution with kernel size 1x1. The parallelism of depthwise convolution is half that of the pixel parallelism.

Figure 2: Depthwise Convolution and Pointwise Convolution
Table 6. Extra resources of DPU with Depthwise Convolution
DPU Architecture Extra LUTs Extra BRAMs Extra DSPs
B512(4x12x12) 1734 4 12
B800(4x10x10) 2293 4.5 15
B1024(8x8x8) 2744 4 24
B1152(4x12x12) 2365 5.5 18
B1600(8x10x10) 3392 4.5 30
B2304(8x12x12) 3943 5.5 36
B3136(8x14x14) 4269 6.5 42
B4096(8x16x16) 4930 7.5 48
ElementWise Multiply
The ElementWise Multiply can perform dot multiplication on most two input feature maps. The input channel of EM(ElementWise Multiply) ranges from 1 to 256 * channel_parallel.
Note: The ElementWise Multiply is currently not supported in Zynq-7000 devices.

The extra resources with ElementWise Multiply is listed in the following table.

Table 7. Extra resources of DPU with ElementWise Multiply
DPU Architecture Extra LUTs Extra FFs1 Extra DSPs
B512(4x12x12) 159 -113 8
B800(4x10x10) 295 -93 10
B1024(8x8x8) 211 -65 8
B1152(4x12x12) 364 -274 12
B1600(8x10x10) 111 292 10
B2304(8x12x12) 210 -158 12
B3136(8x14x14) 329 -267 14
B4096(8x16x16) 287 78 16
  1. Negative numbers imply a relative decrease.
The AveragePool option determines whether the average pooling operation will be performed on the DPU or not. The supported sizes range from 2x2, 3x3, …, to 8x8, with only square sizes supported.

The extra resources with Average Pool is listed in the following table.

Table 8. Extra LUTs of DPU with Average Pool
DPU Architecture Extra LUTs
B512(4x12x12) 1507
B800(4x10x10) 2016
B1024(8x8x8) 1564
B1152(4x12x12) 2352
B1600(8x10x10) 1862
B2304(8x12x12) 2338
B3136(8x14x14) 2574
B4096(8x16x16) 3081
ReLU Type
The ReLU Type option determines which kind of ReLU function can be used in the DPU. ReLU and ReLU6 are supported by default.

The option “ReLU + LeakyReLU + ReLU6“ means that LeakyReLU becomes available as an activation function.

Note: LeakyReLU coefficient is fixed to 0.1.
Table 9. Extra LUTs with ReLU + LeakyReLU + ReLU6 compared to ReLU+ReLU6
DPU Architecture Extra LUTs
B512(4x12x12) 347
B800(4x10x10) 725
B1024(8x8x8) 451
B1152(4x12x12) 780
B1600(8x10x10) 467
B2304(8x12x12) 706
B3136(8x14x14) 831
B4096(8x16x16) 925
This option allows the softmax function to be implemented in hardware. The hardware implementation of softmax can be 160 times faster than a software implementation. Enabling this option depends on the available hardware resources and desired throughput.

When softmax is enabled, an AXI master interface named SFM_M_AXI and an interrupt port named sfm_interrupt will appear in the DPU IP. The softmax module uses m_axi_dpu_aclk as the AXI clock for SFM_M_AXI as well as for computation. The softmax function is not supported on DPUs targeting Zynq®-7000 devices.

The extra resources with Softmax enabled are listed in the following table.

Table 10. Extra resources with Softmax
IP Name Extra LUTs Extra FFs Extra BRAMs Extra DSPs
Softmax 9580 8019 4 14

Advanced Tab

The following figure shows the Advanced tab of the DPU configuration.

Figure 3: DPU Configuration – Advanced Tab
S-AXI Clock Mode
s_axi_aclk is the S-AXI interface clock. When Common with M-AXI Clock is selected, s_axi_aclkshares the same clock as m_axi_aclk and the s_axi_aclk port is hidden. When Independent is selected, a clock different from m_axi_aclk must be provided.
dpu_2x Clock Gating
dpu_2x clock gating is an option for reducing the power consumption of the DPU. When the option is enabled, a port named dpu_2x_clk_ce appears for each DPU core. The dpu_2x_clk_ce port should be connected to the clk_dsp_ce port in the dpu_clk_wiz IP. The dpu_2x_clk_ce signal can shut down the dpu_2x_clk when the computing engine in the DPU is idle. To generate the clk_dsp_ce port in the dpu_clk_wiz IP, the clocking wizard IP should be configured with specific options. For more information, see the Reference Clock Generation section. Note that dpu_2x clock gating is not supported in Zynq®-7000 devices.
DSP Cascade
The maximum length of the DSP48E slice cascade chain can be set. Longer cascade lengths typically use fewer logic resources but might have worse timing. Shorter cascade lengths might not be suitable for small devices as they require more hardware resources. Xilinx recommends selecting the mid-value, which is four, in the first iteration and adjust the value if the timing is not met.
DSP Usage
This allows you to select whether DSP48E slices will be used for accumulation in the DPU convolution module. When low DSP usage is selected, the DPU IP will use DSP slices only for multiplication in the convolution. In high DSP usage mode, the DSP slice will be used for both multiplication and accumulation. Thus, the high DSP usage consumes more DSP slices and less LUTs. The extra logic utilization compared of high and low DSP usage is shown in the following table.
Note: DSP Cascade is not supported in Zynq-7000 devices and it is locked to 1.
Table 11. Extra Resources of Low DSP Usage Compared with High Usage
DPU Architecture Extra LUTs Extra Registers Extra DSPs1
B512 1418 1903 -32
B800 1445 2550 -40
B1024 1978 3457 -64
B1152 1661 2525 -48
B1600 2515 4652 -80
B2304 3069 4762 -96
B3136 3520 6219 -112
B4096 3900 7359 -128
  1. Negative numbers imply a relative decrease.
There are two kinds of on-chip memory resources in Zynq® UltraScale+™ devices: block RAM and UltraRAM. The available amount of each memory type is device-dependent. Each block RAM consists of two 18K slices which can be configured as 9b*4096, 18b*2048, or 36b*1024. UltraRAM has a fixed-configuration of 72b*4096. A memory unit in the DPU has a width of ICP*8 bits and a depth of 2048. For the B1024 architecture, the ICP is 8, and the width of a memory unit is 8*8 bit. Each memory unit can then be instantiated with one UltraRAM block. When the ICP is greater than 8, each memory unit in the DPU needs at least two UltraRAM blocks.

The DPU uses block RAM as the memory unit by default. For a target device with both block RAM and UltraRAM, configure the number of UltraRAM to determine how many UltraRAMs are used to replace some block RAMs. The number of UltraRAM should be set as a multiple of the number of UltraRAM required for a memory unit in the DPU. An example of block RAM and UltraRAM utilization is shown in the Summary tab section.

When enabled, the DPU records the time that the DPU project was synthesized. When disabled, the timestamp keeps the value at the moment of the last IP update.

Summary Tab

A summary of the configuration settings is displayed in the Summary tab. The target version shows the DPU instruction set version number.

Figure 4: Summary Tab of DPU Configuration

DPU Performance on Different Devices

The following table shows the peak theoretical performance of the DPU on different devices.

Table 12. DPU Performance GOPs per second (GOPS) on Different Devices
Device DPU Configuration Frequency (MHz) Peak Theoretical Performance (GOPS)
Z7020 B1152x1 200 230
ZU2 B1152x1 370 426
ZU3 B2304x1 370 852
ZU5 B4096x1 350 1400
ZU7EV B4096x2 330 2700
ZU9 B4096x3 333 4100

Performance of Different Models

In this section, the performance of several models is given for reference. The results shown in the following table were measured on a Xilinx® ZCU102 board with three B4096 cores with 16 threads running at 287 MHz.
Note: Accuracy values obtained using 8-bit quantization
Table 13. Performance of Different Models
Network Model Workload (GOPs per image) Input Image Resolution Accuracy (DPU) Frame per second (FPS)
Inception-v1 3.2 224*224 Top-1: 0.6954 452.4
ResNet50 7.7 224*224 Top-1: 0.7338 163.4
MobileNet_v2 0.6 299*299 Top-1: 0.6352 587.2
SSD_ADAS_VEHICLE1 6.3 480*360 mAP: 0.4190 306.2
SSD_ADAS_PEDESTRIAN1 5.9 640*360 mAP: 0.5850 279.2
SSD_MobileNet_v2 6.6 480*360 mAP: 0.2940 124.7
YOLO-V3-VOC 65.4 416*416 mAP: 0.8153 43.6
YOLO-V3_ADAS1 5.5 512*256 mAP: 0.5301 239.7
  1. These models were pruned by the Vitis AI Optimizer.

I/O Bandwidth Requirements

When different neural networks run on the DPU, the I/O bandwidth requirement will change depending on which neural network is currently being executed. Even the I/O bandwidth requirement of different layers in one neural network are different. The I/O bandwidth requirements for some neural networks, averaged by layer, have been tested with one DPU core running at full speed. The peak and average I/O bandwidth requirements of three different neural networks are shown in the table below. The table only shows the number of two commonly used DPU architectures (B1152 and B4096).
Note: When multiple DPU cores run in parallel, each core might not be able to run at full speed due to the I/O bandwidth limitations.
Table 14. I/O Bandwidth Requirements for B1152 and B4096
Network Model B1152 B4096
Peak (MB/s) Average (MB/s) Peak (MB/s) Average (MB/s)
Inception-v1 1704 890 4626 2474
ResNet50 2052 1017 5298 3132
SSD ADAS VEHICLE 1516 684 5724 2049
YOLO-V3-VOC 2076 986 6453 3290

If one DPU core needs to run at full speed, the peak I/O bandwidth requirement shall be met. The I/O bandwidth is mainly used for accessing data though the AXI master interfaces (DPU0_M_AXI_DATA0 and DPU0_M_AXI_DATA1).