This repository hosts unit tests for RISC-V processors.

Building from repository

We assume that the RISCV environment variable is set to the RISC-V tools
install path, and that the riscv-gnu-toolchain package is installed.

$ git clone https://github.com/riscv/riscv-tests
$ cd riscv-tests
$ git submodule update --init --recursive
$ autoconf
$ ./configure --prefix=$RISCV/target
$ make
$ make install

The rest of this document describes the format of test programs for the RISC-V

Test Virtual Machines

To allow maximum reuse of a given test, each test program is constrained to
only use features of a given test virtual machine or TVM. A TVM hides
differences between alternative implementations by defining:

  • The set of registers and instructions that can be used.
  • Which portions of memory can be accessed.
  • The way the test program starts and ends execution.
  • The way that test data is input.
  • The way that test results are output.

The following table shows the TVMs currently defined for RISC-V. All of these
TVMs only support a single hardware thread.

TVM Name Description
rv32ui RV32 user-level, integer only
rv32si RV32 supervisor-level, integer only
rv64ui RV64 user-level, integer only
rv64uf RV64 user-level, integer and floating-point
rv64uv RV64 user-level, integer, floating-point, and vector
rv64si RV64 supervisor-level, integer only
rv64sv RV64 supervisor-level, integer and vector

A test program for RISC-V is written within a single assembly language file,
which is passed through the C preprocessor, and all regular assembly
directives can be used. An example test program is shown below. Each test
program should first include the riscv test.h header file, which defines the
macros used by the TVM. The header file will have different contents depending
on the target environment for which the test will be built. One of the goals
of the various TVMs is to allow the same test program to be compiled and run
on very different target environments yet still produce the same results. The
following table shows the target environment currently defined.

Target Environment Name Description
p virtual memory is disabled, only core 0 boots up
pm virtual memory is disabled, all cores boot up
pt virtual memory is disabled, timer interrupt fires every 100 cycles
v virtual memory is enabled

Each test program must next specify for which TVM it is designed by including
the appropriate TVM macro, RVTEST_RV64U in this example. This specification
can change the way in which subsequent macros are interpreted, and supports
a static check of the TVM functionality used by the program.

The test program will begin execution at the first instruction after
RVTEST_CODE_BEGIN, and continue until execution reaches an RVTEST_PASS
macro or the RVTEST_CODE_END macro, which is implicitly a success. A test
can explicitly fail by invoking the RVTEST_FAIL macro.

The example program contains self-checking code to test the result of the add.
However, self-checks rely on correct functioning of the processor instructions
used to implement the self check (e.g., the branch) and so cannot be the only
testing strategy.

All tests should also contain a test data section, delimited by
RVTEST_DATA_BEGIN and RVTEST_DATA_END. There is no alignment guarantee for
the start of the test data section, so regular assembler alignment
instructions should be used to ensure desired alignment of data values. This
region of memory will be captured at the end of the test to act as a signature
from the test. The signature can be compared with that from a run on the
golden model.

Any given test environment for running tests should also include a timeout
facility, which will class a test as failing if it does not successfully
complete a test within a reasonable time bound.

#include "riscv_test.h"

RVTEST_RV64U        # Define TVM used by program.

# Test code region.
RVTEST_CODE_BEGIN   # Start of test code.
        lw      x2, testdata
        addi    x2, 1         # Should be 42 into $2.
        sw      x2, result    # Store result into memory overwriting 1s.
        li      x3, 42        # Desired result.
        bne     x2, x3, fail  # Fail out if doesn't match.
        RVTEST_PASS           # Signal success.
RVTEST_CODE_END     # End of test code.

# Input data section.
# This section is optional, and this data is NOT saved in the output.
        .align 3
        .dword 41

# Output data section.
RVTEST_DATA_BEGIN   # Start of test output data region.
        .align 3
        .dword -1
RVTEST_DATA_END     # End of test output data region.

User-Level TVMs

Test programs for the rv32u* and rv64u* TVMs can contain all instructions
from the respective base user-level ISA (RV32 or RV64), except for those with
the SYSTEM major opcode (syscall, break, rdcycle, rdtime, rdinstret). All user
registers (pc, x0-x31, f0-f31, fsr) can be accessed.

The rv32ui and rv64ui TVMs are integer-only subsets of rv32u and rv64u
respectively. These subsets can not use any floating-point instructions (major
opcodes: LOAD-FP, STORE-FP, MADD, MSUB, NMSUB, NMADD, OP-FP), and hence cannot
access the floating-point register state (f0-f31 and fsr). The integer-only
TVMs are useful for initial processor bringup and to test simpler
implementations that lack a hardware FPU.

Note that any rv32ui test program is also valid for the rv32u TVM, and
similarly rv64ui is a strict subset of rv64u. To allow a given test to run
on the widest possible set of implementations, it is desirable to write any
given test to run on the smallest or least capable TVM possible. For example,
any simple tests of integer functionality should be written for the rv64ui
TVM, as the same test can then be run on RV64 implementations with or without a
hardware FPU. As another example, all tests for these base user-level TVMs will
also be valid for more advanced processors with instruction-set extensions.

At the start of execution, the values of all registers are undefined. All
branch and jump destinations must be to labels within the test code region of
the assembler source file. The code and data sections will be relocated
differently for the various implementations of the test environment, and so
test program results shall not depend on absolute addresses of instructions or
data memory. The test build environment should support randomization of the
section relocation to provide better coverage and to ensure test signatures do
not contain absolute addresses.

Supervisor-Level TVMs

The supervisor-level TVMs allow testing of supervisor-level state and
instructions. As with the user-level TVMs, we provide integer-only
supervisor-level TVMs indicated with a trailing i.

History and Acknowledgements

This style of test virtual machine originated with the T0 (Torrent-0) vector
microprocessor project at UC Berkeley and ICSI, begun in 1992. The main
developers of this test strategy were Krste Asanovic and David Johnson. A
precursor to torture was rantor developed by Phil Kohn at ICSI.

A variant of this testing approach was also used for the Scale vector-thread
processor at MIT, begun in 2000. Ronny Krashinsky and Christopher Batten were
the principal architects of the Scale chip. Jeffrey Cohen and Mark Hampton
developed a version of torture capable of generating vector-thread code.