I want to create an FPGA accelerator using AOC. My design is eating up a lot of resources on chip and I got the following errors from Quartus:
Error (170011): Design contains 1925001 blocks of type combinational node. However, the device contains only 1866240 blocks. Warning (14714): The Fitter is having difficulty fitting the design. Try increasing the "Auto Packed Register" setting under "Advanced Fitter Settings" to minimize area. Info (170190): Fitter placement preparation operations ending: elapsed time is 00:37:31 Info (11888): Total time spent on timing analysis during Global Placement is 544.80 seconds.
After doing a bit research, I found out after calling aoc to compile my OpenCL kernel, there will be a QSF file (afu_opencl_kernel.qsf) generated under the build directory. And in this QSF files, I found that this flag (i.e., auto packed register) has a default value NORMAL. I want to change the default value NORMAL to "minimize area" and try to minimize the area.
My question is: how should I tell Quartus/AOC that I want a specific flag for the `QII_AUTO_PACKED_REGISTERS` option? Is there a way to pass the QSF constraints to AOC?