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Lab 4: Launch Vivado GUI

Launch the Vivado CAD Tool

Now that your remote desktop is set up, you can launch the Vivado Design Suite (included in the AWS FPGA Developer AMI). The goal with this lab is to evaluate the remote visualization experience using a graphically intensive Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tool.

Step 1: Log into your session

By now your remote desktop session should be ready and you should see the following under Your Session #1:

  1. Click Open Session directly on a browser to log into the remote desktop session in your new cluster using the username and password you created in the steps above.


    You can also access the session with the NICE DCV native clients, which are available for Mac, Linux, and Windows from

  2. To launch Vivado, start a new terminal session by going to Applications → Favorites → Terminal in the desktop manager.

  3. Type vivado at the command prompt and hit enter

    The Vivado GUI start and show the following screen:

Step 2: Load sample project

Next, load a sample workload using one of the included example projects:

  1. Go to the Quick Start section and select Open Project.
  2. Navigate to /projects/mfg405/, select the project_1.xpr file, and click OK.
  3. Double-click on Open Block Diagram under IP INTEGRATOR in the left-side navigation panel.

    After the design opens you should see this:

    You can now click around the GUI and scroll and pan through the schematics to get a sense of the remote desktop experience.

  4. For extra credit, double-click on Open Synthesized Design in the navigation panel to see a more complext layout of the design.

You've completed this lab. Click Next.