A template project for beginning new Chisel work
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Chisel Project Template

You've done the chisel tutorials, and now you are ready to start your own chisel project. The following procedure should get you started with a clean running Chisel3 project.

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Make your own Chisel3 project

How to get started

The first thing you want to do is clone this repo into a directory of your own. I'd recommend creating a chisel projects directory somewhere

mkdir ~/ChiselProjects
cd ~/ChiselProjects

git clone https://github.com/ucb-bar/chisel-template.git MyChiselProject
cd MyChiselProject

Make your project into a fresh git repo

There may be more elegant way to do it, but the following works for me. Note: this project comes with a magnificent 339 line (at this writing) .gitignore file. You may want to edit that first in case we missed something, whack away at it, or start it from scratch.

Clear out the old git stuff

rm -rf .git
git init
git add .gitignore *

Rename project in build.sbt file

Use your favorite text editor to change the first line of the build.sbt file (it ships as name := "chisel-module-template") to correspond to your project.
Perhaps as name := "my-chisel-project"

Clean up the README.md file

Again use you editor of choice to make the README specific to your project. Be sure to update (or delete) the License section and add a LICENSE file of your own.

Commit your changes

git commit -m 'Starting MyChiselProject'

Connecting this up to github or some other remote host is an exercise left to the reader.

Did it work?

You should now have a project based on Chisel3 that can be run.
So go for it, at the command line in the project root.

sbt 'testOnly gcd.GCDTester -- -z Basic'

This tells the test harness to only run the test in GCDTester that contains the word Basic There are a number of other examples of ways to run tests in there, but we just want to see that one works.

You should see a whole bunch of output that ends with something like the following lines

[info] [0.001] SEED 1506028591907
test GCD Success: 168 tests passed in 1107 cycles taking 0.203969 seconds
[info] [0.191] RAN 1102 CYCLES PASSED[info] GCDTester:
[info] GCD
[info] GCD
[info] Basic test using Driver.execute
[info] - should be an alternative way to run specification
[info] using --backend-name verilator
[info] running with --is-verbose creats a lot
[info] using --help
[info] ScalaTest
[info] Run completed in 1 second, 642 milliseconds.
[info] Total number of tests run: 1
[info] Suites: completed 1, aborted 0
[info] Tests: succeeded 1, failed 0, canceled 0, ignored 0, pending 0
[info] All tests passed.
[info] Passed: Total 1, Failed 0, Errors 0, Passed 1
[success] Total time: 2 s, completed Sep 21, 2017 9:12:47 PM

If you see the above then...

It worked!

You are ready to go. We have a few recommended practices and things to do.

  • Use packages and following conventions for structure and naming
  • Package names should be clearly reflected in the testing hierarchy
  • Build tests for all your work.
  • This template includes a dependency on the Chisel3 IOTesters, this is a reasonable starting point for most tests
  • You can remove this dependency in the build.sbt file if necessary
  • Change the name of your project in the build.sbt
  • Change your README.md

Development/Bug Fixes

This is the release version of chisel-template. If you have bug fixes or changes you would like to see incorporated in this repo, please checkout the master branch and submit pull requests against it.

License

This is free and unencumbered software released into the public domain.

Anyone is free to copy, modify, publish, use, compile, sell, or distribute this software, either in source code form or as a compiled binary, for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, and by any means.

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