Spike Co-simulation with BOOM designs

Instead of using TracerV to provide a cycle-by-cycle trace of a target CPU’s architectural state, you can use the Spike co-simulator to verify the functionality of a BOOM design.


This work currently only works for single core BOOM designs.


Cospike only supports non block-device simulations at this time.

Building a Design with Cospike

In all FireChip designs, TracerV is included by default. To enable Cospike, you just need to add the Cospike bridge (WithCospikeBridge) to your BOOM target design config (default configs. located in $CHIPYARD/generators/firechip/src/main/scala/TargetConfigs.scala). An example configuration with Cospike is shown below:

class FireSimLargeBoomConfig extends Config(
  new WithCospikeBridge ++ // add Cospike bridge to simulation
  new WithDefaultFireSimBridges ++
  new WithDefaultMemModel ++
  new WithFireSimConfigTweaks ++
  new chipyard.LargeBoomConfig)

At this point, you should run the firesim buildbitstream command for the BOOM config wanted. At this point you are ready to run the simulation with Cospike by default enabled.

Troubleshooting Cospike Simulations with Meta-Simulations

If FPGA simulation fails with Cospike, you can use metasimulation to determine if your Cospike setup is correct. First refer to Debugging & Testing with Metasimulation for more information on metasimulation.


Sometimes simulations in VCS will diverge unless a +define+RANDOM=0 is added to the VCS flags in sim/midas/src/main/cc/rtlsim/Makefrag-vcs.