Using RapidWright Directly in Python 3¶
Although RapidWright is written in Java, there is significant interest to access it from Python. Python has many features that make it a great choice for rapid prototyping and scripting solutions. In fact, RapidWright ships with Jython (Python implemented in Java) to provide an authentic Python experience.
Despite RapidWright’s Jython integration, for real-world Python development, the world has mostly transitioned to Python 3 and depend on packages that have native implementations which are incompatible with Jython. This has generally excluded RapidWright (with the exclusion of the experimental GraalVM’s Python) from working directly with Python 3.
However, there is a Python package called JPype that enable Python to call Java packages directly as if they were native APIs. This tutorial shows you how RapidWright can take advantage of this package to use RapidWright directly in your Python projects.
Python Virtual Environments¶
A highly recommeneded way to develop in Python is to use Virtual Environments. Python Virtual Environments allow you to isolate your Python modules and installation from the default system installation. As each project can have a variety of specific needs and version dependencies, having a dedicated Virtual Environment per project can make for a smoother development experience and minimize conflicts.
Java 1.8 or later
Setting up a Virtual Python Environment¶
The Python module used to create a virtual environment is called
venv. For more details about configuring a virtual
environment, please refer to the
<https://www.graalvm.org/reference-manual/python/>`_. The default
settings of a virtual environment can be set up with the following
python3 -m venv venv
This will create a directory called
venv which will
contain the essential ingredients for a Python interpreter and its
environment. To activate the virtual environment, run:
or on Windows, run:
In either case your terminal prompt should now have a prefix
(venv). To leave or deactivate the virtual environment,
Running RapidWright in the Virtual Environment¶
Now that the virtual environment is setup, we can begin to configure
it to our liking and not have to worry about conflicts with other
projects or the existing system install. To use RapidWright, we need
Jpype1 package installed and this can be done by running:
pip install JPype1
Next, we need a copy of RapidWright to use. The easiest way to get RapidWright is to download the stand-alone jar file from the latest release, for example:
We can create a boilerplate script that will setup JPype1 and make RapidWright available:
import jpype import jpype.imports from jpype.types import * jpype.startJVM(classpath=["rapidwright-2020.2.4-standalone-lin64.jar"])
If we save these commands above in rapidwright.py and then run:
python -i rapidwright.py
At this point, you’ll get a prompt and can import java classes to allow you to access any RapidWright Java API:
from com.xilinx.rapidwright.device import Device device = Device.getDevice(Device.AWS_F1)
At this point you can also get tab-completion on the Java classes, for example:
>>> device. device.AWS_F1 device.getClass( device.getSLRByConfigOrderIndex( device.DEVICE_FILE_VERSION device.getClockRegion( device.getSLRs( device.FRAMEWORK_NAME device.getClockRegionFromTile( device.getSeries( device.FRAMEWORK_NAME_AND_VERSION device.getClockRegions( device.getSite( device.KCU105 device.getColumns( device.getSiteFromPackagePin( device.PYNQ_Z1 device.getDevice( device.getSitePin( device.QUIET_MESSAGE device.getDeviceName( device.getSiteTypeCount( device.RAPIDWRIGHT_MINOR_VERSION device.getDeviceVersion( device.getTile( device.RAPIDWRIGHT_QUARTER_VERSION device.getFamilyType( device.getTileTypeCount( device.RAPIDWRIGHT_VERSION device.getMasterSLR( device.getTiles( device.RAPIDWRIGHT_YEAR_VERSION device.getName( device.getWire( device.RW_QUIET_MESSAGE device.getNode( device.hashCode( device.a( device.getNumOfClockRegionRows( device.notify( device.equals( device.getNumOfClockRegionsColumns( device.notifyAll( device.getActivePackage( device.getNumOfSLRs( device.quietReflectiveAccessWarning( device.getAllCompatibleSites( device.getPIP( device.releaseDeviceReferences( device.getAllSitesOfType( device.getPackage( device.setActivePackage( device.getAllTiles( device.getPackages( device.toString( device.getArchitecture( device.getRows( device.wait( device.getAvailableDevices( device.getSLR( >>> device.
Which is quite handy. Object return types are translated for primitive types (int, String, …), but Java objects are preserved and can be accessed via APIs as well:
>>> device.getName() 'xcvu9p' >>> device.getTiles() <java array 'com.xilinx.rapidwright.device.Tile'>
Although there is limited interaction, you can also run RapidWright GUI applications from Python:
>>> from com.xilinx.rapidwright.device.browser import DeviceBrowser >>> DeviceBrowser.main()
We expect this integration capability with Python to help increase RapidWright’s applicability to a wider number of projects. There are more opportunities for integration as well, so stay tuned!