Intel® Quartus® Prime Standard Edition User Guide: Design Optimization

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Date 11/12/2018
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1.5. Design Space Explorer II

The Design Space Explorer II tool (Tools > Launch Design Space Explorer II) allows you to find optimal project settings for resource, performance, or power optimization goals. Design Space Explorer II (DSE II) processes a design using combinations of settings and constraints, and reports the best settings for the design. You can take advantage of the DSE II parallelization abilities to compile on multiple computers.

If a design is close to meeting timing or area requirements, you can try different seeds with the DSE II, and find one seed that meets timing or area requirements.

Figure 1. Design Space Explorer II User Interface

You can run DSE II at any step in the design process; however, because large changes in a design can neutralize gains achieved from optimizing settings, Intel® FPGA recommends that you run DSE II late in the design cycle.