Workload generation in FireSim is handled by a tool called FireMarshal in
Workloads in FireMarshal consist of a series of Jobs that are assigned
to logical nodes in the target system. If no jobs are specified, then the
workload is considered
uniform and only a single image will be produced for
all nodes in the system. Workloads are described by a json file and a
corresponding workload directory and can inherit their definitions from
existing workloads. Typically, workload configurations are kept in
sw/firesim-software/workloads/ although you can use any directory you like.
We provide a few basic workloads to start with including buildroot or
Fedora-based linux distributions and bare-metal.
Once you define a workload, the
marshal command will produce a
corresponding boot-binary and rootfs for each job in the workload. This binary
and rootfs can then be launched on qemu or spike (for functional simulation), or
installed to firesim for running on real RTL.