Automated Hierarchical Source File Compilation and Management - 2023.2 English

Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Design Flows Overview (UG892)

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The Vivado IDE Sources window (shown in the following figure) provides automated source file management. The window has several views to display the sources using different methods. When you open or modify a project, the Sources window updates the status of the project sources. A quick compilation of the design source files is performed and the sources appear in the Compile Order view of the Sources window in the order they will be compiled by the downstream tools. Any potential issues with the compilation of the RTL hierarchy are shown as well as reported in the Message window. For more information on sources, see the Vivado Design Suite User Guide: System-Level Design Entry (UG895).

Tip: If you explicitly set a module as the top module, the module is retained and passed to synthesis. However, if you do not explicitly set a top module, the Vivado tools select the best possible top module from the available source files in the project. If a file includes syntax errors and does not elaborate, this file is not selected as the top module by the Vivado tools.

Constraints and simulation sources are organized into sets. You can use constraint sets to experiment with and manage constraints. You can launch different simulation sessions using different simulation source sets. You can add, remove, disable, or update any of the sources. For more information on constraints, see the Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Using Constraints (UG903). For more information on simulation, see the Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Logic Simulation (UG900).

Figure 1. Hierarchical Sources View Window