CS 520 Programming Project 1: Simulator for APEX with in-order issue


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The project has two parts: PART A: This project requires you to implement a cycle-by-cycle simulator for an in-order APEX pipeline with 5 pipeline stages, each with a delay of one cycle, as shown below: The execution of arithmetic and logical operations, as well as memory address calculations, are all implemented in the EX stage. Likewise, memory accesses by load and store instructions is performed in MEM. The arithmetic operations supported are integer operations on 32-bit operands and include addition (ADD, ADDL instructions), subtraction (SUB, SUBL instructions) and multiplication (MUL instruction). Assume for simplicity that the two values to be multiplied have a product that fits into a single register. Instruction issues in this pipeline take place in program-order and a simple scoreboarding logic is used to handle dependencies to consumer instructions in the D/RF stage. For PART A of this project, this pipeline has the scoreboarding logic but has no forwarding mechanism. For PART B, a forwarding mechanism is added to the code for PART A. Registers and Memory: Assume that there are 16 architectural registers, R0 through R15. The code to be simulated is stored in a text file with one ASCII string representing an instruction (in the symbolic form, such as ADD R1, R4, R6 or ADDL R2, R1, #10) in each line of the file. Memory for data is viewed as a linear array of integer values (4 Bytes wide). Data memory ranges from 0 through 3999 and memory addresses correspond to a Byte address that begins the first Byte of the 4-Byte group that makes up a 4 Byte data item. Instructions are Fetch D/RF EX MEM WB 2 of 4 also 4 Bytes wide, but stored as strings in a file, as noted above for this project. Registers are also 4 Bytes wide. Instruction Set: The instructions supported are: Register-to-register instructions: ADD, ADDL (add register with a literal), SUB, SUBL (subtract literal from a register), MOVC (move constant or literal value into a register), AND, OR, EX-OR and MUL. As stated earlier, you can assume that the result of multiplying two registers will fit into a single register. MOVC , # , moves literal value into specified register. The MOVC uses the EX stage to add 0 to the literal and updates the destination register from the WB stage. Memory instructions: LOAD, LDR, STORE, STR: LOAD and STORE both include a literal value whose content is added to a register to compute the memory address, while LDR and STR instructions calculate a memory address by adding the contents of two registers. The semantics of LDR and STR are as follows, using the notation described in the class: LDR , , : Mem[ + ] STR , , : Mem[ + ] A compare instruction, CMP , is added to compare the contents of two registers and set the Zero flag based on the result of the comparison. Specifically, the Zero flag is set if the values stored in the two source registers are equal. The Zero flag (Z) is set only by the CMP instruction when the CMP instruction is in the EX stage, towards the end of the clock cycle. Control flow instructions: BZ, BNZ and HALT. Instructions following a BZ and BNZ instructions in the pipeline are flushed on a taken branch. The dependency that the BZ or BNZ instruction has with the immediately prior CMP instruction that sets the Zero flag has to be implemented correctly. A NOP instruction, which does nothing as it proceeds through the pipeline. The semantics of BZ, BNZ and HALT instructions are as follows: The BZ instruction cause in a control transfer to the address specified using PC-relative addressing if the Z flag is set. The decision to take a branch is made in the Integer ALU stage. BNZ is similar but causes branching if the Z flag is not set. BZ and BNZ target 4-Byte boundaries (see example below). The HALT instruction stops instruction fetching as soon as it is decoded but allows all prior instructions in the pipeline to complete before returning to the command line for the simulator. The implementation of an ADD, BZ, BNZ, HALT and a LOAD are already provided. You are to implement the code for all other instructions described above. The instruction memory starts at Byte address 4000. You need to handle target addresses of JUMP correctly – what these instructions compute is a memory address. However, all your instructions are stored as ASCII strings, one instruction per line in a SINGLE text file and there is no concept of an instruction memory that can be directly accessed using a computed address. To get the instruction at the target of a BZ, BNZ or JUMP, a fixed mapping is defined between an instruction address and a line number in the text file containing ALL instructions: Physical Line 1 (the very first line) in the text file contains a 4 Byte instruction that is addressed with the Byte address 4000 and occupies Bytes 4000, 4001, 4002, 4003. 3 of 4 Physical Line 2 in the text file contains a 4 Byte instruction that is addressed with the Byte address 4004 and occupies Bytes 4004, 4005, 4006, 4007. Physical Line 3 in the text file contains a 4 Byte instruction that is addressed with the Byte address 4008 and occupies Bytes 4008, 4009, 4010, 4011 etc. The targets of all control flow instructions thus have to target a 4_byte boundary. So when you simulate a BZ instruction whose computed target has the address 4012, you are jumping to the instruction at physical line 4 in the text file for the code to be simulated. Register contents and literals used for computing the target of a branch should therefore target one of the lines in the text file. Your text input file should also be designed to have instructions at the target to start on the appropriate line in the text file. Instructions are stored in the following format in the text file, one per line: Where arguments are registers or literals. Registers are specified using two or three characters (for example, R5 or R14). Literal operands, if any, appear at the end, preceded by an optional negative sign. This format is different from the notation used elsewhere (and in this problem description), as it uses commas to separate arguments. To implement the other instructions described earlier, you will need to modify the code file parser. Simulator Commands: Your simulator is invoked by specifying the name of the executable file for the simulator and the name of the ASCII file that contains the code to be simulated. Your simulator should have a command interface that allows users to execute the following commands: Initialize: Initializes the simulator state, sets the PC of the fetch stage to point to the first instruction in the ASCII code file, which is assumed to be at address 4000. Each instruction takes 4 bytes of space, so the next instruction is at address 4004, as memory words are 4 Bytes long, just like the integer data items. Simulate : simulates the number of cycles specified as and waits. Simulation can stop earlier if a HALT instruction is encountered and when the HALT instruction is in the WB stage. Single_step: Advances the simulation by one cycle. Implemented using a simple at the command prompt. Display: Displays the contents of each stage in the pipeline, all registers, the flag register and the contents of the first 10 memory locations containing data, starting with address 0. ShowMem: Displays the content of a specific memory location, with the address of the memory location specified as an argument to this command. A skeleton code in C for this simulator is included in the zipped file uploaded to Blackboard earlier. This simulator has most of the major data structures that you will need to use and also implements the simulated memory for instructions and data. You can extend this code by modifying it appropriately for this assignment. PART A: For PARTA, you will have to implement: The code for all other instructions specified above. 4 of 4