Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition User Guide: Partial Reconfiguration

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Date 10/04/2021

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1.5.3. Step 3: Floorplan the Design

Use Logic Lock floorplan constraints in your PR design to physically partition the device. Each PR partition in your design must have a corresponding, exclusive physical partition.
You create Logic Lock regions to define the physical partition for your PR region. This partitioning ensures that the resources available to the PR region are the same for any persona that you implement.
PR Region Floorplan

Your PR region must include only core logic, such as LABs, RAMs, ROMs, and DSPs in a PR region. Intel® Agilex™ and Intel® Stratix® 10 designs can also include Hyper-Registers in the PR partition. Instantiate all periphery design elements, such as transceivers, external memory interfaces, and clock networks in the static region of the design. The Logic Lock regions you create can cross periphery locations, such as the I/O columns and the HPS, because the constraint is core-only.

There are two region types:
  • Place regions—use these regions to constrain logic to a specific area of the device. The Fitter places the logic in the region you specify. The Fitter can also place other logic in the region unless you designate the region as Reserved.
  • Route regions—use these regions to constrain routing to a specific area. The routing region must fully enclose the placement region. Additionally, the routing regions for the PR regions cannot overlap.
Figure 8. Floorplanning your PR Design

Follow these guidelines when floorplanning your PR design:

  • Complete the periphery and clock floorplan before core floorplanning. You can use Interface Planner (Tools > Interface Planner) to create periphery floorplan assignments for your design.
  • Define a routing region that is at least 1 unit larger than the placement region in all directions.
  • Do not overlap the routing regions of multiple PR regions.
  • Select the PR region row-wise for least bitstream overhead. In Intel® Arria® 10 and Intel® Cyclone® 10 GX devices, short, wider regions generate smaller bitstreams than tall, narrower regions. Intel® Agilex™ and Intel® Stratix® 10 configuration occurs on sectors. For the least bitstream overhead, ensure that you align the PR region to sectors. Refer to "Analyzing and Optimizing the Design Floorplan," in Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition User Guide: Design Optimization.
  • For Intel® Arria® 10 and Intel® Cyclone® 10 GX devices, the height of your floorplan affects the reconfiguration time. A floorplan larger in the Y direction takes longer to reconfigure. This condition does not apply to Intel® Agilex™ or Intel® Stratix® 10 devices because they configure according to sectors.
  • Define sub Logic Lock regions within PR regions to improve timing closure.
  • If your design includes HPR parent and child partitions, the placement region of the parent region must fully enclose the routing and placement region of its child region. Also, the parent wire LUTs must be in an area outside the child PR region. This requirement is because the child PR region is exclusive to all other logic, which includes the parent and the static region.