Boot a simulation


There is an example hardware definition + testbench :

//Your hardware toplevel
import spinal.core._
class TopLevel extends Component {

// Your toplevel tester
import spinal.sim._
import spinal.core.sim._

object DutTests {
  def main(args: Array[String]): Unit = {
    SimConfig.withWave.compile(new TopLevel).doSim{ dut =>
      // Simulation code here


SimConfig will return a default simulation configuration instance on which you can call multiple functions to configure your simulation:




Enable simulation wave capture (default format)


Enable simulation wave capture (VCD text format)


Enable simulation wave capture (FST binary format)


Specify the SpinalConfig that should be use to generate the hardware


Enable all the RTL compilation optimizations to reduce simulation time (will increase compilation time)


Change the folder where the sim files are generated


Use Verilator as simulation backend (default)


Use GHDL as simulation backend


Use Icarus Verilog as simulation backend


Use Synopsys VCS as simulation backend

Then you can call the compile(rtl) function to compile the hardware and warm up the simulator. This function will return a SimCompiled instance.

On this SimCompiled instance you can run your simulation with the following functions:



doSim[(simName[, seed])]{dut => ...}

Run the simulation until the main thread is done (doesn’t wait on forked threads) or until all threads are stuck

doSimUntilVoid[(simName[, seed])]{dut => ...}

Run the simulation until all threads are done or stuck

For example :

val spinalConfig = SpinalConfig(defaultClockDomainFrequency = FixedFrequency(10 MHz))

  .compile(new TopLevel)
  .doSim { dut =>
    // Simulation code here

Note that by default, the simulation files will be placed into the simWorkspace/xxx folders. You can override the simWorkspace location by setting the SPINALSIM_WORKSPACE environnement variable.

Running multiple tests on the same hardware

val compiled = SimConfig.withWave.compile(new Dut)

compiled.doSim("testA") { dut =>
   // Simulation code here

compiled.doSim("testB") { dut =>
   // Simulation code here

Throw Success or Failure of the simulation from a thread

At any moment during a simulation you can call simSuccess or simFailure to end it.

It is possible to make a simulation fail when it is too long, for instance because the test-bench is waiting for a condition which never occurs. To do so, call SimTimeout(maxDuration) where maxDuration is the time (in simulation units of time) after the which the simulation should be considered to have failed.

For instance, to make the simulation fail after 1000 times the duration of a clock cycle:

val period = 10
SimTimeout(1000 * period)