Review the Logic Level Distribution - 2023.2 English

Versal Adaptive SoC System Integration and Validation Methodology Guide (UG1388)

Document ID
UG1388
Release Date
2023-11-15
Version
2023.2 English

The report_design_analysis command also generates a Logic Level Distribution table for the worst 1000 paths (default) that you can use to identify the presence of longer paths in the design. The longest paths are usually optimized first by the placer to meet timing, which will potentially degrade the placement quality of shorter paths. You must always try to eliminate the longer paths to improve the overall timing QoR. For this reason, AMD recommends reviewing the longest paths before placement.

The following figure shows an example of the Logic Level Distribution for a design where the worst 5000 paths include difficult paths with 17 logic levels while the clock period is 7.5 ns. Run the following command to obtain this report:
report_design_analysis -logic_level_distribution -logic_level_dist_paths 5000 -name design_analysis_prePlace
Figure 1. Report Design Analysis Timing Path Characteristics Pre-Place

For logic levels above 10, you can use the -min_level and -max_level options to provide more distribution information for paths between the min and max level you identify. For example:

report_design_analysis -logic_level_distribution -min_level 16 -max_level 20 
-logic_level_dist_paths 5000 -name design_analysis_1

Run the following command to generate the timing report of the longest paths:

report_timing -name longPaths -of_objects [get_timing_paths -setup -to [get_clocks 
cpuClk_5] -max_paths 5000 -filter {LOGIC_LEVELS>=16 && LOGIC_LEVELS<=20}]

Based on what you find, you can improve the netlist by changing the RTL or using different synthesis options, or you can modify the timing and physical constraints.