38 Olympus Synthesis System

(From Rajesh K. Gupta <rgupta@sirius.Stanford.EDU>)

Recently there have been several enquiries about the Olympus Synthesis System. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions. For details please send mail to "synthesis@chronos.stanford.edu".

1. What is Olympus Synthesis System?

Olympus is a result of a continuing project on synthesis of digital circuits here at Stanford University. Currently, Olympus synthesis system consists of a set of programs that perform synthesis tasks for synchronous, non-pipelined circuits starting from a description in a hardware description language, HardwareC.

The output of synthesis is a technology independent netlist of gates. This netlist can be input to logic synthesis and technology mapping tools within Olympus or to UC Berkeley's mis/sis. Current technology mapping in Olympus is targeted for LSI logic standard cells and a set of PGA architectures: Actel and Xilinx.

2. How is Olympus distributed?

The source code and documentation for Olympus is distributed via ftp.

3. What are the system requirements for Olympus?

Olympus has been tested on following hardware platforms: mips, sparc, hp9000s300, hp9000s800, hp9000s700, vax. All the programs in Olympus come with a default menu-driven ASCII interface. There is also a graphical user interface, called "olympus", provided with the distribution. This interface is written using Motif procedures.

You would need about 40 MBytes of disk space to extract and compile the system.

4. How can I obtain a copy of Olympus?

Olympus is distributed free of charge by Stanford University. However, it is not available via anonymous ftp. In order to obtain a copy please send a mail to "olympus@chronos.stanford.edu" where an automatic-reply mailer would send instructions for obtaining Olympus software.

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