Compiling and Installing qflow version 1.3
qflow 1.4 is new code, and as such, should be considered equivalent to development code until further notice. The principle development push for qflow 1.4 is to remove the dependency on the BLIF format and work mainly in verilog netlist formats (see the Release Notes page for details).
qflow 1.3 has been declared stable distribution code as of December 25, 2018, at revision number qflow-1.3.93. It has been used enough times to qualify as "stable" code.
The compilation procedure should be immediately recognizable to anyone familiar with GNU autoconf:The "configure" script is critical for having the digital flow know where to find all of the various tools it needs to run. A number of these tools are scripts that are included with the qflow distribution. However, the following tools must be downloaded and installed independently. All these tools are available for download on the opencircuitdesign website, or have pointers where to find them. Note that Odin-II is no longer supported by qflow-1.1, as it is difficult to maintain and lacking in capabilities compared to yosys.
./configure make make install
- Verilog parser/synthesis (yosys)
- Cell and pin placement
- qrouter 1.3
- Detail router
- magic 8.1
- Layout viewerDependency notes:
If the tool dependencies have been installed in places that are in the standard search path (e.g., /usr/local/bin), then the configure step will find them automatically.
- The graywolf version was patched to facilitate the placement of clock and buffer trees that have permutable connections. Make sure that the version of graywolf post-dates May 25, 2015, when the patch was applied to the git repository. For earlier versions, a patch file may be found on the qflow download page.
The recommended procedure is to run "configure" once without any arguments. At the end, it will produce a list of tools and indicate whether or not each has been located. For those that fail to be found automatically, follow the instructions given by configure.
The standard install location is /usr/local/share/qflow/, and as such, it will be necessary to run "make install" as the root user.
As an example, let's say that graywolf is located in directory "/home/cad/src/". And suppose that the other tools have been installed in their default locations. Then, the configure line would be:./configure --with-graywolf=/home/cad/src/graywolf
Last updated: February 20, 2019 at 8:42pm