Getting Started Guide for Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+

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On this page you are going to find all the necessary information to start from scratch to use the RidgeRun SDK on your Ultrascale+ zynq ZCU102 board.

  • First section, configure serial access, tftp and NFS.
  • Second sections, instructions on how to install required software like Xilinx SDK, RidgeRun EVAL/Professional SDK.
  • Third section, SDK configuration.

Basic preliminary work

Setting up serial access to the Linux console

You can use termnet to control u-boot and linux. For this purpose, the board needs to be connected to the same network as the host computer. This is useful because the board doesn't have to be directly connected to the PC containing the SDK.

Setting up termnet - Ubuntu

If you use the serial port to control u-boot and Linux. The picocom terminal emulator work well for this purpose.

Setting up Picocom - Ubuntu

Setting up a TFTP server

If you are planning to use the SDK's installer to install images generated by the SDK in SPI-NOR, installing a TFTP server you will speed up downloads to the target hardware by using TFTP.

Setting Up A Tftp Service

Setting up a NFS server

For application development, it is convenient to use root NFS mount file system for the target hardware. This allows you to rebuild your application on the host and immediately run the application on the target hardware with no interveining steps. You host PC needs to be configured as a NFS server for this in order to work properly.

Setting Up A NFS Service

Installing Toolchains and XSDK

Need to download Xilinx SDK "XSDK" for getting toolchain and image generator software. XSDK can be downloaded from:

Select SDK 2016.3: Linux Self Extracting Web Installer You need to complete Xilinx registration process in order to download. File is around 1.3Gb

Change permissions to XSDK installer and execute:

cd ~/Downloads/
chmod 777 Xilinx_SDK_2016.3_1011_1_Lin64.bin

Install XSDK 2016.3 at /opt/Xilinx/Downloads.

XSDK Install process images:

Xilinx Sdk1.jpg

Xilinx Sdk2.jpg

Xilinx Sdk3.jpg

Xilinx Sdk4.jpg

Xilinx Sdk5.jpg

Xilinx Sdk6.jpg

Xilinx Xsdk7.jpg

After installing a directory structure similar to the one shown below will be obtained:

ls /opt/Xilinx/SDK/2016.3
bin  data  doc  eclipse  gnu  lib  scripts  settings64.csh  tps

Ultrascale+ File System

Ridgerun SDK is able to use different types of file systems:

  • Basic file system created by Ridgerun SDK
    • Ridgerun SDK is in charge of building basic applications to deploy this filesystem.
    • This is a limited fs, but SDK has all Ridgerun classes to add more applications if needed.
    • Very small footprint.
    • File system with Busybox and Gstreamer.
  • Basic Debian precompiled file system created by Ridgerun SDK (Still not available)
    • Ridgerun provides a debian precompiled file system that is able to get packages with apt-get for aarch64
    • Able to get applications from Debian repositories.
    • Small footprint, allows the user to install packages as required
cd ~/Downloads
chown $USER /opt/
mkdir /opt/ridgerun/downloads/
mkdir /opt/Xilinx/UbuntuFS
cd /opt/Xilinx/UbuntuFS
cpio -idv < ~/Downloads/Ubuntu_Source_Release/Linux_Files/rootfs_cpio/ZCU102_Ubuntu_2_rootfs.cpio

At the end you will obtain FS at the directory:

/opt/Xilinx/UbuntuFS$ ls
@!        dev          home     lost+found  proc     run              sbin  usr
bin       etc          include  media       qt  srv   var
boot      ffmpeg       lib      mnt         QT_cube      sys
cube_new  glmark2.png  log      opt         root   tmp

Ridgerun SDK config, build and install

Please skip below two steps (3.1 and 3.2) in TOC and jump to 3.3 if you have purchased a Professional SDK.

Getting the RidgeRun's EVAL SDK Irazu

If you want to get the RidgeRun's EVAL SDK Irazu you need to go to our Evaluation SDK Download Link and select the Evaluation SDK you need. You will be asked for your email address and some information. Once you have submitted the required information you will receive an email with the following information:

Sequence of evaluation sdk download events:

You have to follow the steps below :

When you select and click on the name of evaluation sdk you want to download, shopping cart page will display with the price $0.00 (for eval sdk's)
-> click on 'Go to Checkout'. It will display 'Your Shopping Bag' page
-> click on 'Checkout'. You will get a form to enter your email id and other info
-> click on 'Continue'. It will display a 'Place Order' page
-> click on 'Place Order'. And then Please check your email with a link to download the tar file for the evaluation SDK you have selected.

Installing the EVAL SDK version

RidgeRun delivers the SDK in either two ways: a tar file for x86 platforms, or for customers with a established development relationship through a custom SCM (typically GIT) repository. If you are using a shared SCM repository, please contact RidgeRun for a detailed instructions.

System Requirements

Listed below are the minimum recommended requirements for installing and using the RidgeRun SDK:

  • A host computer with a 686 or better family processor
  • 1 GB free hard disk space
  • A Linux distribution configured on the host computer.
  • Target hardware for the SDK
  • Optional: a network card installed and configured on the host computer
  • Optional: Internet connection for SDK updates

Once you have downloaded the tar file of the evaluation SDK you can untar it by running the following command:

tar -xvzf <name of the tar file downloaded>.tar.gz 

You may find it convenient to untar the evaluation SDK more than once. For example, you might want one version to be unmodified and another version to be your working development directory. RidgeRun suggests you untar the SDK development directories in your $HOME/work/ directory. When you have more than one development directory installed, just remember to have the DEVDIR shell variable set properly. To set the DEVDIR shell variable use the `make env` command specified at RidgeRun_Irazu_SDK_User_Guide#Build_SDK

On the rest of this document, we refer as $DEVDIR to the path where the RidgeRun Eval SDK for Ultrascale+ Zynq ZCU102 EVM is installed.

Installing the Professional SDK version

When all the purchase process is done, RidgeRun will provide you a GitHub repository access. For that, the GitHub user ID and other information might be requested. Once you provide that information, you must clone the given repository URL, using the next command:

git clone<customer>.git

This would have the proper <customer> space modified. With this, you will have the SDK installed on the directory you were when executed the clone command.

RidgeRun suggests you install the SDK development directories in your $HOME/work/ directory. When you have more than one development directory installed, just remember to have the DEVDIR shell variable set properly. To set the DEVDIR shell variable use the `make env` command specified at RidgeRun_Irazu_SDK_User_Guide#Build_SDK

On the rest of this document, we refer as $DEVDIR to the path where the RidgeRun Professional SDK for Ultrascale+ Zynq ZCU102 EVM is installed.

1. Set your environment variables

  cd $DEVDIR
 `make env`

2. Start build process

  cd $DEVDIR

3. Configuration menu

Configuration menu will be deployed


By default the SDK is configured for creating a demo SD card image with NFS. Exit and save configuration, SDK will continue building.


After build process finishes, use make install in order to create SD card image at $(DEVDIR)/images/

make install

And follow instructions to store sdcard.img at SD:

  You can use the image file to flash an SD card:
    1. Plug your SD card (say it is device /dev/sdX)
    2. Unmount it ('sudo umount' should help)
    3. Flash: sudo dd bs=1M if=$(DEVDIR)/images/sdcard.img of=/dev/sdX
Installation complete

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