Software Architecture

Fig. 2 shows the TIDL API software architecture and how it fits into the software ecosystem on AM57x. The TIDL API leverages OpenCL APIs to deploy translated network models. It provides the following services:

  • Make the application’s input data available in memories associated with the compute core.
  • Initialize and run the layer groups associated with the network on compute cores
  • Make the output data available to the application

Fig. 2 TIDL API Software Architecture

The TIDL API consists of 4 C++ classes and associated methods: Configuration, Executor, ExecutionObject, and ExecutionObjectPipeline. Refer Using the API and API Reference for details.


Compute core
A single EVE or C66x DSP. An Execution Object manages execution on one compute core. Also referred to as a device in OpenCL. Sitara AM5749 has 4 compute cores: EVE1, EVE2, DSP1 and DSP2.
A TIDL API class. Used to specify a configuration for the Executor, including pointers to the network and parameter binary files. Refer Configuration for a description of the Configuration class and methods.
A TIDL API class. Manages the execution of a layer group on a compute core. There is an EO associated with each compute core. The EO leverages the OpenCL runtime to manage execution. TIDL API implementation leverages the OpenCL runtime to offload network processing. Refer ExecutionObject for a description of the ExecutionObject class and methods.

A TIDL API class. Two use cases:

Refer ExecutionObjectPipeline for a description of the ExecutionObjectPipeline class and methods.

A TIDL API class. The executor is responsible for initializing Execution Objects with a Configuration. The Executor is also responsible for initialzing the OpenCL runtime. Refer Executor for available methods.
A buffer representing 2D data, typically an image.
A layer consists of mathematical operations such as filters, rectification linear unit (ReLU) operations, downsampling operations (usually called average pooling, max pooling or striding), elementwise additions, concatenations, batch normalization and fully connected matrix multiplications. Refer Processor SDK Linux Software Developer’s Guide (TIDL chapter) for a list of supported layers.
Layer Group
A collection of interconnected layers. Forms a unit of execution. The Execution Object “runs” a layer group on a compute core i.e. it performs the mathematical operations associated with the layers in the layer group on the input and generates one or more outputs.
A description of the layers used in a Deep Learning model and the connections between the layers. The network is generated by the TIDL import tool and used by the TIDL API. Refer Processor SDK Linux Software Developer’s Guide (TIDL chapter) for creating TIDL network and parameter binary files from TensorFlow and Caffe. A network consists of one or more Layer Groups.
Parameter binary
A binary file with weights generated by the TIDL import tool and used by the TIDL API.