The other day, I was discussing per-instance metadata with someone and the overloading of the term “instance” was getting confusing:
- The “instance” in “per-instance metadata” refers to a particular piece of instantiated design – you can point to the area of the chip it uses. There may be many instances of a particular module.
- The “instance” in
InstanceOpmeans an instantiation site. I don’t know how common it is to refer to an instantiation site as an “instance”.
This gets particularly bad when one is designing a frontend needs to support both while trying to maintain as much terminological consistency with CIRCT as possible, as I am.
Thoughts? Is there alternative terminology I could use?