Kria Robotics Stack (KRS)

The Kria Robotics Stack (KRS) is a ROS 2 superset for industry, an integrated set of robot libraries and utilities to accelerate the development, maintenance and commercialization of industrial-grade robotic solutions while using adaptive computing. KRS provides to ROS 2 users an easy and robust path to hardware acceleration. It allow ROS 2 roboticists to create custom secure compute architectures with higher productivity. KRS leverages Xilinx technology targeting the Kria SOM portfolio to deliver low latency (real-fast), determinism (predictable), real-time (on-time), security and high throughput to robotics.

It does so by tightly integrating itself with ROS (lingua franca amongst roboticists) and by leveraging a combination of modern C++ and High-Level Synthesis (HLS), together with reference development boards and design architectures roboticists can use to kick-start their projects. Altogether, KRS supports Kria SOMs with an accelerated path to production in robotics.

Alpha Release

KRS is still on alpha release. Correspondingly, the documentation provided here is not intended for production environments and should be used only for evaluation purposes.

Stay tuned for upcoming official releases.

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KRS capabilities

action quick peek description
install KRS asciicast Installing KRS is just about creating a ROS 2 workspace, fetching the krs.repos of the corresponding release (e.g. alpha release) and built it using the common ROS flow, with the option of leveraging ament and colcon extensions for additional hardware acceleration capabilities.
select asciicast The select verb allows to easily select and configure a specific target firmware for hardware acceleration, and default to it while producing binaries and accelerators.
list asciicast The list verb allows to inspect the acceleration firmware available in the ROS workspace, marking with a * the currently selected option.
linux asciicast The linux verb helps configure the Linux kernel in the raw SD card image produced by the firmware. E.g. colcon acceleration linux vanilla will produce a Linux vanilla kernel, whereas colcon acceleration linux preempt_rt will instead use a pre-built kernel and kernel modules for improved determinism (fully preemptible kernel).
hypervisor asciicast The hypervisor verb helps configure the Xen hypervisor in the raw SD card image produced by the firmware. E.g. colcon acceleration hypervisor --dom0 vanilla --domU vanilla --dom0less preempt_rt will produce a raw image leveraging Xen with 3 VMs. The first, dom0, uses a vanilla kernel. The second, domU, uses a vanilla kernel. The third is a dom0less VM and uses a fully preemtible kernel (preemt_rt). Unless otherwise specified, all VMs use the default ROS 2 configuration, PetaLinux-based rootfs, the LNS and an Ethernet link layer.
emulation asciicast The emulation verb helps manage the emulation capabilities with QEMU open source machine emulator and virtualizer. This way, developers can test their setups and algorithms without the hardware, which facilitates testing and speeds up the development process allowing for CI/CD pipelines. Emulation boots the same SD card image produced by previous commands and including the ROS 2 development workspace, providing a unified development approach.
platform asciicast The platform verb helps reports Vitis platform enabled in the firmware deployed in the ROS 2 workspace.
mkinitramfs asciicast The mkinitramfs verb creates compressed cpio initramfs (ramdisks). These can then be used to back up the current rootfs or to create dom0less VMs in Xen easily.
mount / umount asciicast The mount and umount verbs help mount/umount the raw SD card image produced by previous steps. This way, developers can easily access the embedded rootfs directly, across the various partitions of the raw image (e.g. as in the case of multi-VMs in Xen).