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This article is specially made for remote access during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This article is specially made for remote access during the COVID-19 pandemic for [https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/matnat/ifi/IN3160/ in3160] and [https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/matnat/ifi/IN5200/index-eng.html in5200].
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=== Using https://view.uio.no to access the UiOs services ===
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=== Using [https://view.uio.no VMware] to use Xilinx' software ===
# For the best user experience, we recommend download VMware on your own laptop. Follow the instructions on [https://www.uio.no/english/services/it/home-away/kiosk/programkiosk/index.html this guide].
# For the best user experience, we recommend download VMware on your own laptop. Follow the instructions on [https://www.uio.no/english/services/it/home-away/kiosk/programkiosk/index.html this guide].
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# When you're logged in, you should be able to find the instance called "Ifi workstation". Start the instance by double clicking it. See icon in Figure 1.
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# When you're logged in, you should be able to find the instance called "Ifi Digital Electronics". Start the instance by double clicking it. See icon in Figure 1.
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# Now you can find Vivado, Vitis and Questa in "Applications" or launch them from the terminal.
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[[Image:Ifi_workstation.png|thumb|200px|Figure 1: Ifi workstation icon]]
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See example in [https://robin.wiki.ifi.uio.no/images/d/d2/Xilinx_vmware.png Figure 2].
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=== Use-case: Xilinx Suite ===
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{{note|Warning! Store your data on M-drive or github.uio.no. Once you log out of the instance, the instance will get wiped.}}
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The full version of Xilinx software used in [https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/matnat/ifi/IN3160/ in3160] and [https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/matnat/ifi/IN5200/index-eng.html in5200] is only accessible at UiO's hosts. To access the tools, follow these steps.
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[[Image:Ifi_digital_electronics.png|thumb|200px|Figure 1: Ifi Digital Electronics icon]]
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# Follow the steps in the above section.
 
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# To access the the Xilinx tools, <code>ssh</code> to a IFI computer:
 
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ssh -Y <assigned_host>.ifi.uio.no
 
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See example in Figure 2. If you don't have an assigned computer or the assigned computer is overloaded you can use:
 
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ssh -Y login.ifi.uio.no
 
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Remember to set up the <code>.bashrc</code> file as described [https://robin.wiki.ifi.uio.no/FPGA_tools here] to make it work.
 
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[[Image:Vivado_vmware.png|thumb|200px|Figure 2: Running Vivado on VMware]]
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[[Image:Xilinx_vmware.png|thumb|200px|Figure 2: Running Xilinx software on VMware]]
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==== Special setup on LISP ====
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==== Programing Zedboards remotly ====
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We have a cluster of four clients equipped with a mirrored setup in LISP. To access it, follow these instructions:
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To be able to program ZedBoards, and see motor and 7-segment display, do the following:
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# Follow the steps in the [https://robin.wiki.ifi.uio.no/Remote_access#Using_VMware_to_use_Xilinx.27_software first section].
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# To access the the Xilinx tools, <code>ssh</code> to the zedboard cluster: <code>ssh -Y <username>@zedboard.ifi.uio.no</code>
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# In the terminal use the premade alias <code>zedboard-webcam</code> to be able to monitor the ZedBoard. '''Note:''' Only '''one''' user can use <code>zedboard-webcam</code> at a time, so please remember to <code>exit</code> when you are finished.
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# You should now be able to program the ZedBoard. See example in [https://robin.wiki.ifi.uio.no/images/c/ce/Zedboard-service.png Figure 3].
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# Follow the steps in the first section.
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[[Image:Zedboard-service.png|thumb|200px|Figure 3: <code>zedboard-webcam</code> and <code>zedboard-test</code> on zedboard.ifi.uio.no cluster]]
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# To access the the Xilinx tools, <code>ssh</code> to a IFI computer: <code>ssh -Y <assigned_host>.ifi.uio.no</code>
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# In the terminal use the premade alias <code>zedboard-webcam</code> to be able to monitor the ZedBoard. '''Note:''' Only '''one''' user at a time can use <code>zedboard-webcam</code> at a time, so remember to <code>exit</code> when you are finished.
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# On the assigned hosts you should be able to program the ZedBoard. See example in Figure 3.
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[[Image:Lydney.png|thumb|200px|Figure 3: Running Vivado and <code>zedboard-webcam</code> on LISP]]
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==== Zedboard workstation custom aliases ====
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We have some premade aliases available wherever there is ZedBoard setups.
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zedboard-webcam  #Displays the webcamera showing the zedboard connected to the computer.
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zedboard-wipe    #Wipes the board (use this before leaving the machine)
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zedboard-test    #Displays a testpattern on the seven segment display. Should be readable.
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=== Xilinx software via <code>ssh</code> ===
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The full version of Xilinx software used in [https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/matnat/ifi/IN3160/ in3160] and [https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/matnat/ifi/IN5200/index-eng.html in5200] is accessible at UiO's hosts. To access the tools, follow these steps.
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# Follow the steps in the [https://robin.wiki.ifi.uio.no/Remote_access#Using_VMware_to_use_Xilinx.27_software first section].
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# Open Vivado 2020.2, Vitis 2020.2, Vitis HLS 2020.2 or Questa 2020.4.
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If the assigned computer is overloaded you can use:
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ssh -Y <username>@login.ifi.uio.no
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Remember to set up the <code>.bashrc</code> file as described [https://robin.wiki.ifi.uio.no/FPGA_tools here] to make it work.
Alternativly, you can <code>ssh</code> directly from your own computer. To be able to get GUI aplications running, remember the -Y flag. On Windows you're required to use [https://www.mn.uio.no/ifi/tjenester/it/hjelp/startpakke/Programmer/Win/SSH/putty.html PuTTy] and on MacOS we recommend  [https://www.mn.uio.no/ifi/tjenester/it/hjelp/it-vakten/laptophjelp/laptophjelp-guide/tilgang-til-uio-hjemmeomrade-og-ifi-linux-terminal/ssh/ XQuartz]. Not that we don't recommend this method as it depends on the setup of your local machine. Hence, we won't necessarily give support if you don't manage to set it up.
Alternativly, you can <code>ssh</code> directly from your own computer. To be able to get GUI aplications running, remember the -Y flag. On Windows you're required to use [https://www.mn.uio.no/ifi/tjenester/it/hjelp/startpakke/Programmer/Win/SSH/putty.html PuTTy] and on MacOS we recommend  [https://www.mn.uio.no/ifi/tjenester/it/hjelp/it-vakten/laptophjelp/laptophjelp-guide/tilgang-til-uio-hjemmeomrade-og-ifi-linux-terminal/ssh/ XQuartz]. Not that we don't recommend this method as it depends on the setup of your local machine. Hence, we won't necessarily give support if you don't manage to set it up.
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Note that programming the zedboard (wipe/test or other) takes at least 15 seconds
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'''"Zedboard" commands'''
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=== ''Optional:'' TCL script for programming a board ===
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Zedboard-webcam  Displays the webcamera showing the zedboard connected to the computer
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If you are able to generate your .bit file on your own PC, you can choose to program the zedboards on LISP without starting the graphical user interface for vivado.
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  Zedboard-wipe    Wipes the board (use this before leaving the machine)
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  Zedboard-test    Displays a testpattern on the seven segment display. Should be readable.
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# Connect to the Digilent Cable on localhost:3121
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  open_hw_manager
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  connect_hw_server -url localhost:3121
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#current_hw_target [get_hw_targets */xilinx_tcf/Digilent/12345] Alternative but not as flexible
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current_hw_target [lindex [get_hw_targets] 0]
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open_hw_target
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# Program the Device
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current_hw_device [lindex [get_hw_devices] 1]
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set_property PROGRAM.FILE {'''./my_file.bit'''} [lindex [get_hw_devices] 1]
   
   
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  Note that programming the zedboard (wipe/test or other) takes at least 15 seconds
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  program_hw_devices [lindex [get_hw_devices] 1]
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refresh_hw_device [lindex [get_hw_devices] 1]
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==== TCL script for programming a board without vivado ====
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Store these lines in "'''my_scipt.tcl'''", and change "'''my_file.bit'''" to the bitfile name in use. Then program the board by running the command:
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vivado -mode batch -source '''my_script.tcl'''

Nåværende revisjon fra 25. jan 2022 kl. 10:16

This article is specially made for remote access during the COVID-19 pandemic for in3160 and in5200.

Innhold

Using VMware to use Xilinx' software

  1. For the best user experience, we recommend download VMware on your own laptop. Follow the instructions on this guide.
  2. When you're logged in, you should be able to find the instance called "Ifi Digital Electronics". Start the instance by double clicking it. See icon in Figure 1.
  3. Now you can find Vivado, Vitis and Questa in "Applications" or launch them from the terminal.

See example in Figure 2.

Warning! Store your data on M-drive or github.uio.no. Once you log out of the instance, the instance will get wiped.
Figure 1: Ifi Digital Electronics icon


Figure 2: Running Xilinx software on VMware

Programing Zedboards remotly

We have a cluster of four clients equipped with a mirrored setup in LISP. To access it, follow these instructions:

  1. Follow the steps in the first section.
  2. To access the the Xilinx tools, ssh to the zedboard cluster: ssh -Y <username>@zedboard.ifi.uio.no
  3. In the terminal use the premade alias zedboard-webcam to be able to monitor the ZedBoard. Note: Only one user can use zedboard-webcam at a time, so please remember to exit when you are finished.
  4. You should now be able to program the ZedBoard. See example in Figure 3.
Figure 3: zedboard-webcam and zedboard-test on zedboard.ifi.uio.no cluster


Zedboard workstation custom aliases

We have some premade aliases available wherever there is ZedBoard setups.

zedboard-webcam  #Displays the webcamera showing the zedboard connected to the computer.
zedboard-wipe    #Wipes the board (use this before leaving the machine)
zedboard-test    #Displays a testpattern on the seven segment display. Should be readable.

Xilinx software via ssh

The full version of Xilinx software used in in3160 and in5200 is accessible at UiO's hosts. To access the tools, follow these steps.

  1. Follow the steps in the first section.
  2. Open Vivado 2020.2, Vitis 2020.2, Vitis HLS 2020.2 or Questa 2020.4.

If the assigned computer is overloaded you can use:

ssh -Y <username>@login.ifi.uio.no

Remember to set up the .bashrc file as described here to make it work.

Alternativly, you can ssh directly from your own computer. To be able to get GUI aplications running, remember the -Y flag. On Windows you're required to use PuTTy and on MacOS we recommend XQuartz. Not that we don't recommend this method as it depends on the setup of your local machine. Hence, we won't necessarily give support if you don't manage to set it up.

Note that programming the zedboard (wipe/test or other) takes at least 15 seconds

Optional: TCL script for programming a board

If you are able to generate your .bit file on your own PC, you can choose to program the zedboards on LISP without starting the graphical user interface for vivado.

# Connect to the Digilent Cable on localhost:3121
open_hw_manager
connect_hw_server -url localhost:3121
#current_hw_target [get_hw_targets */xilinx_tcf/Digilent/12345] Alternative but not as flexible
current_hw_target [lindex [get_hw_targets] 0]
open_hw_target

# Program the Device
current_hw_device [lindex [get_hw_devices] 1]
set_property PROGRAM.FILE {./my_file.bit} [lindex [get_hw_devices] 1] 

program_hw_devices [lindex [get_hw_devices] 1]
refresh_hw_device [lindex [get_hw_devices] 1]

Store these lines in "my_scipt.tcl", and change "my_file.bit" to the bitfile name in use. Then program the board by running the command:

vivado -mode batch -source my_script.tcl
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