This page provides detailed information about the Imperas Instruction Set Simulator for the RISC-V RV64IM processor core.
Processor IP owner is RISC-V Foundation. More information is available from them here.
The Imperas Instruction Set Simulator (ISS) is a product of Imperas Software Ltd. It is a binary licensed by Imperas as a commercial product. It is also available in OVP packages for evaluation and demonstration.
The Imperas ISS uses the OVP Fast Processor Models and dynamically loads them as selected.The OVP Fast Processor Models are written using the OVP VMI API that provides a Virtual Machine Interface that defines the behavior of the processor.The VMI API makes a clear line between model and simulator allowing very good optimization and world class high speed performance.
The processor models are provided as a binary shared object and are also available as source (different models have different licensing conditions). This allows the download and use of the model binary or the use of the source to explore and modify the model.
The models have been run through an extensive QA and regression testing process.
If you develop your own processor models using the OVP VMI APIs then they can be used with the Imperas ISS.
Traditionally, processor models and simulators make use of one thread on the host PC. Imperas have developed a technology, called QuantumLeap, that makes use of the many host cores found in modern PC/workstations to achieve industry leading simulation performance. To find out about the Imperas parallel simulation lookup Imperas QuantumLeap. There are videos of QuantumLeap on ARM here, and MIPS here. For press information related to QuantumLeap for ARM click here or for MIPS click here. Many of the OVP Fast Processor Models have been qualified to work with QuantumLeap - this is indicated for this model below.
This ISS executes instructions of the target architecture and provides an interface for debug access. An interface to GDB is provided and this allows the connection of many industry standard debuggers that use the GDB/RSP interface. For more information watch the OVP video here.
The ISS also works with the Imperas Multicore Debugger and advanced Verification, Analysis and Profiling tools.
The ISS is downloadable (needs registration and to be logged in) in package Demo_Processors for Windows32 and for Linux32. Note that the ISS is also available for 64 bit hosts as part of the commercial products from Imperas.
This ISS uses the CPU with Model Variant name: RV64IM
RISC-V RV64IM 64-bit processor model
This Model is released under the Open Source Apache 2.0
The model has the following architectural extensions enabled, and the following bits in the misa CSR Extensions field will be set upon reset:
misa bit 8: RV32I/64I/128I base ISA
misa bit 12: extension M (integer multiply/divide instructions)
misa bit 18: extension S (Supervisor mode)
misa bit 20: extension U (User mode)
To specify features that can be dynamically enabled or disabled by writes to the misa register in addition to those listed above, use parameter "add_Extensions_mask". This is a string parameter containing the feature letters to add; for example, value "DV" indicates that double-precision floating point and the Vector Extension can be enabled or disabled by writes to the misa register.
Legacy parameter "misa_Extensions_mask" can also be used. This Uns32-valued parameter specifies all writable bits in the misa Extensions field, replacing any value defined in the base variant.
Note that any features that are indicated as present in the misa mask but absent in the misa will be ignored. See the next section.
Legacy parameter "misa_Extensions" can also be used. This Uns32-valued parameter specifies the reset value for the misa CSR Extensions field, replacing any value defined in the base variant.
Available (But Not Enabled) Extensions:
The following extensions are supported by the model, but not enabled by default in this variant:
misa bit 0: extension A (atomic instructions) (NOT ENABLED)
misa bit 2: extension C (compressed instructions) (NOT ENABLED)
misa bit 3: extension D (double-precision floating point) (NOT ENABLED)
misa bit 4: RV32E base ISA (NOT ENABLED)
misa bit 5: extension F (single-precision floating point) (NOT ENABLED)
misa bit 13: extension N (user-level interrupts) (NOT ENABLED)
misa bit 21: extension V (vector instructions) (NOT ENABLED)
misa bit 23: extension X (non-standard extensions present) (NOT ENABLED)
To add features from this list to the base variant, use parameter "add_Extensions". This is a string parameter containing the feature letters to add; for example, value "DV" indicates that double-precision floating point and the Vector Extension should be enabled, if they are absent.
On this variant, the Machine trap-vector base-address register (mtvec) is writable. It can instead be configured as read-only using parameter "mtvec_is_ro".
Values written to "mtvec" are masked using the value 0xfffffffffffffffd. A different mask of writable bits may be specified using parameter "mtvec_mask" if required. In addition, when Vectored interrupt mode is enabled, parameter "tvec_align" may be used to specify additional hardware-enforced base address alignment. In this variant, "tvec_align" defaults to 0, implying no alignment constraint.
The initial value of "mtvec" is 0x0. A different value may be specified using parameter "mtvec" if required.
Values written to "stvec" are masked using the value 0xfffffffffffffffd. A different mask of writable bits may be specified using parameter "stvec_mask" if required. parameter "tvec_align" may be used to specify additional hardware-enforced base address alignment in the same manner as for the "mtvec" register, described above.
On reset, the model will restart at address 0x0. A different reset address may be specified using parameter "reset_address" if required.
On an NMI, the model will restart at address 0x0. A different NMI address may be specified using parameter "nmi_address" if required.
WFI will halt the processor until an interrupt occurs. It can instead be configured as a NOP using parameter "wfi_is_nop". WFI timeout wait is implemented with a time limit of 0 (i.e. WFI causes an Illegal Instruction trap in Supervisor mode when mstatus.TW=1).
The "cycle" CSR is implemented in this variant. Set parameter "cycle_undefined" to True to instead specify that "cycle" is unimplemented and reads of it should trap to Machine mode.
The "time" CSR is implemented in this variant. Set parameter "time_undefined" to True to instead specify that "time" is unimplemented and reads of it should trap to Machine mode. Usually, the value of the "time" CSR should be provided by the platform - see notes below about the artifact "CSR" bus for information about how this is done.
The "instret" CSR is implemented in this variant. Set parameter "instret_undefined" to True to instead specify that "instret" is unimplemented and reads of it should trap to Machine mode.
A 16-bit ASID is implemented. Use parameter "ASID_bits" to specify a different implemented ASID size if required.
This variant supports address translation modes 0, 8 and 9. Use parameter "Sv_modes" to specify a bit mask of different modes if required.
Unaligned memory accesses are not supported by this variant. Set parameter "unaligned" to "T" to enable such accesses.
16 PMP entries are implemented by this variant. Use parameter "PMP_registers" to specify a different number of PMP entries; set the parameter to 0 to disable the PMP unit. The PMP grain size (G) is 0, meaning that PMP regions as small as 4 bytes are implemented. Use parameter "PMP_grain" to specify a different grain size if required.
The "reset" port is an active-high reset input. The processor is halted when "reset" goes high and resumes execution from the reset address specified using the "reset_address" parameter when the signal goes low. The "mcause" register is cleared to zero.
The "nmi" port is an active-high NMI input. The processor is halted when "nmi" goes high and resumes execution from the address specified using the "nmi_address" parameter when the signal goes low. The "mcause" register is cleared to zero.
All other interrupt ports are active high.
It is possible to enable model debug messages in various categories. This can be done statically using the "override_debugMask" parameter, or dynamically using the "debugflags" command. Enabled messages are specified using a bitmask value, as follows:
Value 0x002: enable debugging of PMP and virtual memory state;
Value 0x004: enable debugging of interrupt state.
All other bits in the debug bitmask are reserved and must not be set to non-zero values.
This model implements a number of non-architectural pseudo-registers and other features to facilitate integration.
CSR Register External Implementation:
If parameter "enable_CSR_bus" is True, an artifact 16-bit bus "CSR" is enabled. Slave callbacks installed on this bus can be used to implement modified CSR behavior (use opBusSlaveNew or icmMapExternalMemory, depending on the client API). A CSR with index 0xABC is mapped on the bus at address 0xABC0; as a concrete example, implementing CSR "time" (number 0xC01) externally requires installation of callbacks at address 0xC010 on the CSR bus.
Instruction pipelines are not modeled in any way. All instructions are assumed to complete immediately. This means that instruction barrier instructions (e.g. fence.i) are treated as NOPs, with the exception of any Illegal Instruction behavior, which is modeled.
Caches and write buffers are not modeled in any way. All loads, fetches and stores complete immediately and in order, and are fully synchronous. Data barrier instructions (e.g. fence) are treated as NOPs, with the exception of any Illegal Instruction behavior, which is modeled.
Real-world timing effects are not modeled: all instructions are assumed to complete in a single cycle.
Hardware Performance Monitor and Debug registers are not implemented and hardwired to zero.
The TLB is architecturally-accurate but not device accurate. This means that all TLB maintenance and address translation operations are fully implemented but the cache is larger than in the real device.
All instructions have been extensively tested by Imperas, using tests generated specifically for this model and also reference tests from https://github.com/riscv/riscv-tests.
The Model details are based upon the following specifications:
RISC-V Instruction Set Manual, Volume I: User-Level ISA (User Architecture Version 20190305-Base-Ratification)
RISC-V Instruction Set Manual, Volume II: Privileged Architecture (Privileged Architecture Version 20190405-Priv-MSU-Ratification)
The CPU model being used is downloadable (needs registration and to be logged in) in package riscv.model for Windows32 and for Linux32. Note that the CPU model is also available for 64 bit hosts as part of the commercial products from Imperas.
OVP simulator downloadable (needs registration and to be logged in) in package OVPsim for Windows32 and for Linux32. Note that the OVP simulator is also available for 64 bit hosts as part of the commercial products from Imperas.
OVP Download page here.
OVP documentation that provides overview information on processor models is available OVP_Guide_To_Using_Processor_Models.pdf.
Full model specific documentation on the variant (RV64IM) being used in this ISS is available OVP_Model_Specific_Information_riscv_RV64IM.pdf.
For more information on the Imperas ISS see the Imperas site and on the OVP Fast Processor model see the OVPworld site.
Location: The Fast Processor Model source and object file is found in the installation VLNV tree: riscv.ovpworld.org/processor/riscv/1.0
Processor Endian-ness: This model can be set to either endian-ness (normally by a pin, or the ELF code).
Processor ELF Code: The ELF code for this model is: 0xf3
QuantumLeap Support: The processor model is qualified to run in a QuantumLeap enabled simulator.
Information on the RV64IM OVP Fast Processor Model can also be found on other web sites::
www.ovpworld.org has the library pages http://www.ovpworld.org/library/wikka.php?wakka=CategoryProcessor
www.imperas.com has more information on the model library
http://www.ovpworld.org: iGen Model Generator Introduction
http://www.ovpworld.org: Function by function Reference Guide for BHM / PPM APIs.
Currently available Instruction Set Simulator (ISS) Families.