Vitis Tools - 2023.2 English

Versal Adaptive SoC System Software Developers Guide (UG1304)

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The Vitis development environment provides the following tools for use in AMD embedded software development:

Xilinx System Debugger (XSDB)
Provides a command line interface to the AMD hw_server. The hw_server is the backend tool, that provides device/processor level debug capabilities to front-end tools such as XSDB, and the Vitis IDE. XSDB also provides various low-level debugging features not directly available in the Vitis development environment.
Flash programmer
Used for programming the software application images into external flash devices including QSPI, OSPI, or eMMC.
Linker script generator
Used for mapping your bare-metal/FreeRTOS application elf sections across the hardware memory space.
GNU compiler tool suite
Includes tools such as the GNU compiler collection (GCC), AS, LD, and binutils that are used for compilation on all AMD processors.
Used for generating the boot image known as the PDI.
Performance analysis tools
Includes GPROF, TCF Profiler, and OProfile.
Debug/download tools
Includes GNU debugger (GDB), XSDB, and flash writer.
Software command-line tool (XSCT)
The software command-line tool (XSCT) is an interactive and scriptable command-line interface to the Vitis IDE. As with other AMD tools, the scripting language for XSCT is based on the tools command language (Tcl). The tools helps to abstract away and group most of the common functions into logical wizards that even the novice can use.

However, scriptability of a tool is also essential for providing the flexibility to extend what is done with that tool. It is particularly useful when developing regression tests that are run nightly or running a set of commands that are used often by the developer.

You can run XSCT commands interactively or script the commands for automation. XSCT supports the following actions:

  • Create hardware, domains, platform projects, system projects, and application projects
  • Manage repositories
  • Set toolchain preferences
  • Configure and build domains/BSPs and applications
  • Download and run applications on hardware targets
  • Create and flash boot images by running Bootgen and program_flash tools

This reference content is intended to provide the information you need to develop scripts for software development and debug targeting AMD FPGA embedded processors.

For more information, refer to Software Command-Line Tool in the Vitis Embedded Software Development Flow Documentation (UG1400).

The Vitis development platform provides a separate perspective for each task to ease the software development process. Perspectives available for C/C++ developers are as follows:

Design perspective views
View, create, and build the software C/C++projects. By default, it consists of an editor area and other views, such as Vitis projects, C/C++ projects to show the software projects present in the workspace, a navigation console, properties, tasks, make targets, outline, and search.
Debug view
Helps debug software applications. You can customize the open source applications from the debug perspective and integrate with the Vitis integrated design environment.
Remote system explorer
Connect and work with a variety of remote systems, for example, running Linux on a Versal device.