jupyosys migration

A project log for netpp node

Networked remote control on FPGA SoC

martinMartin 09/13/2020 at 09:480 Comments

With increasing complexities and more FPGA architectures and platforms coming into play, the underlying original MaSoCist setup has somewhat become complex in testing against various synthesis and simulation tools. Plus, it's still VHDL only for simulation, which is sometimes limiting.

And, it's bloody patchwork:

The latest drug developed from Google developers turned out to be the service that runs Jupyter Notebooks. During the Covid19 lockdown, this enabled me to prepare step-by-step instructions on how to have design processes reproduced without having to install exactly the same OS setup and libraries.

Then on the other hand, active development on the yosys side has progressed so far that a fully python featured build and synthesis process gave full browser based synthesis for some architectures a boost.

Bottomline: The future MaSoCist development will fully focus on a Python based processing, being more transparent in what is exactly happening. The expected paradigm shift, outlined:

The MyHDL featured basic environment for synthesis out of the browser (for ECP5 platforms) is found via the sister project

Now, here comes the catch: Spartan6 is somewhat aged and efforts in reverse engineering the architecture for yosys support has been considered questionnable. So Place&Route will still be based on the ISE 14.7 toolchain. Means, a legacy MaSoCist for netpp node will remain.

If it comes to a next generation, the netpp node v2 will base on a more 'open' FPGA architecture that supports a robust multi-boot scheme like the Spartan6.