May 24 – 28, 2021
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Hog (HDL on git): a collaborative HDL management tool

May 27, 2021, 9:48 AM
Parallel session talk Readout: Data Transfer Links and Networks Readout: Trigger and DAQ


Francesco Gonnella (University of Birmingham (GB))


Coordinating firmware development among many international collaborators is becoming a very widespread problem in high-energy physics. Guaranteeing firmware synthesis reproducibility and assuring traceability of binary files is paramount.

We devised Hog (HDL on git), a set of Tcl scripts (no external tool or library is needed) that tackles these issues and is deeply integrated with HDL IDEs (Xilinx Vivado Design Suite/ISE PlanAhead, Intel Quartus Prime).

Hog assures absolute control of HDL source files, constraint files, Vivado/Quartus settings and guarantees traceability by automatically embedding the git commit SHA and a numeric version into the binary file, also automatically renamed.

Hog allows the IDE GUI to be used normally, so developers can get quickly up to speed: clone repository, run Hog script, work on your IDE.

Hog works on Windows and Linux, supports IPbus, Sigasi and provides pre-made yml files to set up a working CI on Gitlab with no additional effort.

TIPP2020 abstract resubmission? No, this is an entirely new submission.

Primary authors

Francesco Gonnella (University of Birmingham (GB)) Alessandra Camplani (University of Copenhagen (DK)) Dr Davide Cieri (Max-Planck-Institut fur Physik (DE)) Nico Giangiacomi (Universita e INFN, Bologna (IT)) Andrew Peck (Boston University (US)) Dr Nicolo Vladi Biesuz (INFN Sezione di Pisa, Universita' e Scuola Normale Superiore, P)

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