Intel® High Level Synthesis Compiler Pro Edition: Reference Manual

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Date 4/01/2024
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6.7. Loop Pipelining Control (disable_loop_pipelining Pragma)

When the loop iterations effectively execute sequentially due to loop-carried dependencies, use the disable_loop_pipelining pragma to generate a simple sequential datapath and avoid loop resource hardware duplication. The simpler datapath and lack of resource duplication in hardware reduces the FPGA area utilization of your component.

Use the Loop Analysis section of the high-level design reports (report.html) to help determine if you should apply this pragma to your loops.

In the following example, the Intel® HLS Compiler fails to schedule the loop with a small loop initiation interval (II) because of a memory dependency. Pipelining this loop is unlikely to have any benefit to your component throughput or performance.
#pragma disable_loop_pipelining
for (int i = 1; i < N; i++) {
    int j = a[i-1];
    // Memory dependency induces a high-latency loop feedback path
    a[i] = foo(j)

You can also disable pipelining the datapath of your entire component with the hls_disable_component_pipelining component attribute. For more information about this attribute, see Component Pipelining Control (hls_disable_component_pipelining Attribute).