Namespace sim

The sim namespace contains a collection of process definitions that can be used to create simple test environments for simulation purposes. Import this namespace using

import sim;

Exported processes

template<pint W, V> 
defproc source (chan!(int<W>) O);

This creates a data source that has bit-width W, and that repeatedly sends the constant value V on the output port O.

template<pbool LOG; pint W> 
defproc sink(chan?(int<W>) I);

This process acts as a data sink; it repeatedly receives W-bit input on the input port I. If the LOG parameter is set to true, then it also displays the value received using the log() command.

template<pint W; pbool REP; pint N; pint data[N]>
defproc source_seq(chan!(int<W>) O);

This process also provides a W-bit source. Values generated by this source are specified in the N-entry data[] array. The outputs produced are data[0], data[1], …, data[N-1]. If REP is set to true, then this sequence is repeated forever.

template<pint ID; pbool LOOP; pint W>
defproc file_source(chan!(int<W>) O);

This process is also a W-bit source, except the values produced are taken from a file. The identified ID is used to determine the file name, and the file is assumed to have at least one data value. By default, the file name is _infile_.{ID}. The file format is a sequence of hexadecimal values, one per line. If LOOP is set to true, then the sequence of values specified in the file is repeated forever. The file name can be modified using run-time configuration options.

template<pint ID; pbool LOOP; pint W>
defproc check_sink(chan?(int<W>) I);

This process is a W-bit sink, except the values produced are compared to those specified in a file. The identified ID is used to determine the file name, and the file is assumed to have at least one data value. The file specified and the LOOP parameter is the same as in file_source.

Namespace sim::rand

The sim::rand namespace contains support for random number generation, and includes the definition of a number of processes that use this random number generation functionality. The underlying random number generator used is a pseudo-random number generator, and hence the sequence of “random” numbers is deterministic. To ensure that these numbers remain unchanged on different platforms, we use a local mirror of the rand_r function from glibc.

template<pint W>
defproc source(chan!(int<W>) O);

This defines a source whose output is generated using the underlying library's pseudo-random number generator.

function init(int<8> width) : int<32>;
function init_range(int<8> width; int<32> minval, maxval) : int<32>;

These functions are used to initialize a (pseudo) random number generator. They return an identifier to be used in subsequent calls to the functions below to access the generator. The first one initializes a random number generator of the specified bit-width, while the second one specifies an interval over which the random number is supposed to be uniformly distributed.

function get(int<32> idx) : int<64>;

Returns the next random number from the generator specified by index idx.

function seed(int<32> idx; int<32> val) : bool;

Set the seed for the random number generator idx to the value val.