SimGen: Development of Efficient Instruction Set Simulators

Larsson, Fredrik and Magnusson, Peter S. and Werner, Bengt (1997) SimGen: Development of Efficient Instruction Set Simulators. [SICS Report]



A simulator is a powerful tool for both hardware and software development. However, implementing an efficient simulator by hand is a labour intensive and error-prone task. This paper describes a tool for automating significant portions of the work involved in developing instruction set architecture simulators while still generating an efficient simulator. We believe that the tool significantly shortens the design time. A specification file describing the instruction set is used as input to the tool. With this technique we have generated a SPARC V8 simulator which is more efficient than an earlier hand-coded and hand-optimized version. The tool has also been applied to APZ 21220, a proprietary embedded CISC processor, demonstrating the generality of the technique.

Item Type:SICS Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Instruction Set Simulator, Interpreter, Specification Language, Instruction Set Arcitecture, SPARC, Automatic Code Generation
ID Code:2162
Deposited By:Vicki Carleson
Deposited On:22 Oct 2007
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 16:00

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