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Flat flow - the whole P&R design is created as 1 module
Hierarchical - P&R design is partitioned into different modules, hence, multiple modules can be worked on at 1 time
Is this enough?
lets take a example of a multi cpu processor (2) implementation example
in flat , all the cpus (2) RTL is taken as one module and implemented at a time,
in hierarchical , each cpu implemented seperatly and all the models are extracted and instantiated at the top level as a macros,
hope its clear
Could you please elaborate on the advantages of each flow?
When do we opt for flat flow?
Which flow consumes less memory, and faster?
If a design is flattened, what are the changes in the design?
How do the constraints change?
Actually there are lot more things that can be discussed on flattening.
Can anybody help me?
flat is good to adopt if design size is smaller, as design size increase tools calibre to handle the various aspects decreases, we have seen improve ment in QoR and run time for big designs using hier flow, but its not worth doing a hierarchical flow for smaller designs.
hier flow consumes less memory and faster, if design is flattened, then u may end up requireing large machiens (many cpus), huge turnaround time,
need to genreate i/o constraints for each block of hierarchial design and top level constraints wont change
we have done lot of experiments and presentations in various conferencess like snug & cdn live, hoep u can find more information there also