1.2. Intel® FPGA SDK for OpenCL™ Standard Edition FPGA Programming Flow
The following SDK components work together to program an Intel® FPGA:
- The host application and the host compiler
- The OpenCL kernel(s) and the offline compiler
- The Custom Platform
The Custom Platform provides the board support package. Typically, the board manufacturer develops the Custom Platform that supports a specific OpenCL board. The offline compiler targets the Custom Platform when compiling an OpenCL kernel to generate a hardware programming image. The host then runs the host application, which usually programs and executes the hardware image onto the FPGA.
In a sequential implementation of a program (for example, on a conventional processor), the program counter controls the sequence of instructions that are executed on the hardware, and the instructions that execute on the hardware across time. In a spatial implementation of a program, such as program implementation within the Intel® FPGA SDK for OpenCL™ , instructions are executed as soon as the prerequisite data is available. Programs are interpreted as a series of connections representing the data dependencies.
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