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Tutorial: XLS[cc] arbitrary width integers.

This tutorial is aimed at walking you through usage of arbitrary width integers using the XlsInt class.

Note that an ac_datatypes compatibility layer is also provided so that the same C++ code can be used for both simulation and XLS[cc] synthesis with just a change in the include paths: ac_compat.

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Introduction to fixed-width integers.

XLS also provides a template class for fixed-width integers. These are declared using the template class XlsInt<int Width, bool Signed = true>.

To utilize fixed with integer types, include xls_int.h.

Create a with the following contents for the rest of this tutorial.

#include "xls_int.h"

#pragma hls_top
XlsInt<55, true> foo(XlsInt<17, false> x, XlsInt<5, false> y) {
    return x+y;

Configuring XLS[cc] for fixed-width integers.

XLS[cc] fixed-width integers have a dependency on the ac_datatypes library. Clone the repository ( into a directory named ac_datatypes.

git clone ac_datatypes

Then create the a clang.args file with the following contents to configure the include paths and pre-define the __SYNTHESIS__ name as a macro.


Translate into optimized XLS IR.

Now that the C++ function has been created, xlscc can be used to translate the C++ into XLS IR. opt_main is used afterwards to optimize and transform the IR into a form more easily synthesized into verilog.

$ ./bazel-bin/xls/contrib/xlscc/xlscc --clang_args_file clang.args >
$ ./bazel-bin/xls/tools/opt_main >

The resulting file should look something like the following

package my_package

file_number 1 "/usr/local/google/home/seanhaskell/tmp/"
file_number 2 "/usr/local/google/home/seanhaskell/xls/xls/contrib/xlscc/synth_only/xls_int.h"

top fn foo(x: bits[17], y: bits[5]) -> bits[55] {
  literal.132: bits[1] = literal(value=0, id=132, pos=[(1,6,2)])
  literal.133: bits[13] = literal(value=0, id=133, pos=[(1,6,2)])
  xid4: bits[18] = concat(literal.132, x, id=134, pos=[(1,6,2)])
  yid6__1: bits[18] = concat(literal.133, y, id=135, pos=[(1,6,2)])
  literal.141: bits[37] = literal(value=0, id=141, pos=[(1,6,2)])
  xid4id8: bits[18] = add(xid4, yid6__1, id=140, pos=[(1,6,2)])
  ret xid4id8id2: bits[55] = concat(literal.141, xid4id8, id=143, pos=[(1,6,2)])

Additional XLS[cc] examples.

For developers, it is possible to check if a specific feature is supported by checking for unit tests.