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Getting Started with Alveo Data Center Accelerator Cards User Guide (UG1301)

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This document provides hardware and software installation procedures for Xilinx® Alveo™ data center accelerator cards U200/U250/U280 and applies to DFX-1RP and DFX-2RP platforms and XRT 2022.1 and greater. For DFX-1RP and DFX-2RP platform features and types for your Alveo card, see Alveo Data Center Accelerator Card Platforms User Guide (UG1120). For installation procedures using previous XRT versions, see v1.9 of Getting Started with Alveo Data Center Accelerator Cards (UG1301).

The Alveo U200/U250/U280 data center accelerator cards are PCIe® Gen3 x16 compliant featuring the Xilinx Virtex® UltraScale+™ technology. These cards accelerate compute-intensive applications such as machine learning, data analytics, video processing, and more and are available in passive and active cooling configurations.

Different system configurations are available for running, developing, and debugging applications on your Alveo accelerator cards:

Running Applications
To configure a system to run accelerated applications, install an Alveo card into a system as described in Card Installation Procedures along with the required deployment software to support running applications as described in Installing the Deployment Software.
Developing Applications
To develop FPGA accelerated applications, it is necessary to install both the deployment software and the development software. Development software installation, described in Next Steps, consists of installing both a development target platform and the Vitis™ environment. This configuration does not have an Alveo card installed and is used for development along with debugging in emulation modes.
Running, Developing, and Debugging Applications
By installing the Alveo card along with both the deployment and development software on a single machine, you can configure a system for developing and running accelerated applications. With the card installed, developers can debug applications in both emulation modes and on the hardware.