Precompile Vendor Primitives

Vendors like Altera, Lattice and Xilinx have their own simulation libraries, especially for FPGA primitives, soft and hard macros. These libraries can not be shipped with GHDL, but we offer prepared compile scripts to pre-compile the vendor libraries, if the vendor tool is present on the computer. There are also popular simulation and verification libraries like OSVVM [1], VUnit [2] or UVVM [3], which can be pre-compiled, too.

The compilation scripts are writen in the shell languages: PowerShell for Windows ™ and Bash for GNU/Linux. The compile scripts can colorize the GHDL warning and error lines with the help of grc/grcat [4].

Supported Vendors Libraries

  • Altera/Intel Quartus (13.0 or later):
    • lpm, sgate
    • altera, altera_mf, altera_lnsim
    • arriaii, arriaii_pcie_hip, arriaiigz
    • arriav, arriavgz, arriavgz_pcie_hip
    • cycloneiv, cycloneiv_pcie_hip, cycloneive
    • cyclonev
    • max, maxii, maxv
    • stratixiv, stratixiv_pcie_hip
    • stratixv, stratixv_pcie_hip
    • fiftyfivenm, twentynm
  • Lattice (3.6 or later):
    • ec
    • ecp, ecp2, ecp3, ecp5u
    • lptm, lptm2
    • machxo, machxo2, machxo3l
    • sc, scm
    • xp, xp2
  • Xilinx ISE (14.0 or later):
    • unisim (incl. secureip)
    • unimacro
    • simprim (incl. secureip)
    • xilinxcorelib
  • Xilinx Vivado (2014.1 or later):
    • unisim (incl. secureip)
    • unimacro

Supported Simulation and Verification Libraries

  • OSVVM (for VHDL-2008)

    • osvvm
  • VUnit (for VHDL-2008)

    • vunit_lib
  • UVVM (for VHDL-2008)


Script Configuration

The vendor library compile scripts need to know where the used / latest vendor tool chain is installed. Therefore, the script implement a default installation directory search as well as environment variable checks. If a vendor tool could not be detected or the script choses the wrong vendor library source directory, then it’s possible to provide the path via –source or -Source.

The generated output is stored relative to the current working directory. The scripts create a sub-directory for each vendor. The default output directory can be overwritten by the parameter –output or -Output.

To compile all source files with GHDL, the simulator executable is searched in PATH. The found default GHDL executable can be overwritten by setting the environment variable GHDL or by passing the parameter –ghdl or -GHDL to the scripts.

If the vendor library compilation is used very often, we recommend to configure these parameters in config.sh or config.psm1, so the command line can be shortened to the essential parts.


Compiling on Linux

  • Step 0 - Configure the scripts (optional)

    See next section for how to configure config.sh.

  • Step 1 - Browse to your simulation working directory

    $ cd <MySimulationFolder>
    ```
    
  • Step 2 - Start the compilation script(s)

    $ /usr/local/lib/ghdl/vendors/compile-altera.sh --all
    $ /usr/local/lib/ghdl/vendors/compile-lattice.sh --all
    $ /usr/local/lib/ghdl/vendors/compile-xilinx-ise.sh --all
    $ /usr/local/lib/ghdl/vendors/compile-xilinx-vivado.sh --all
    $ /usr/local/lib/ghdl/vendors/compile-osvvm.sh --all
    $ /usr/local/lib/ghdl/vendors/compile-vunit.sh --all
    ```
    
    In most cases GHDL is installed into `/usr/local/`. The scripts are
    installed into the `lib` directory.
    
  • Step 3 - Viewing the result

    This creates vendor directories in your current working directory and compiles the vendor files into them.

    $ ls -ahl
    ...
    drwxr-xr-x  2 <user> <group>  56K Nov 30 17:41 altera
    drwxr-xr-x  2 <user> <group>  56K Nov 30 17:42 lattice
    drwxr-xr-x  2 <user> <group>  56K Nov 30 17:48 osvvm
    drwxr-xr-x  2 <user> <group>  56K Nov 30 17:58 vunit
    drwxr-xr-x  2 <user> <group>  56K Nov 30 17:58 xilinx-ise
    drwxr-xr-x  2 <user> <group>  56K Nov 30 17:48 xilinx-vivado
    ```
    

Compiling on Windows

  • Step 0 - Configure the scripts (optional)

    See next section for how to configure config.psm1.

  • Step 1 - Browse to your simulation working directory

    PS> cd <MySimulationFolder>
    
  • Step 2 - Start the compilation script(s)

    PS> <GHDL>\libraries\vendors\compile-altera.ps1 -All
    PS> <GHDL>\libraries\vendors\compile-lattice.ps1 -All
    PS> <GHDL>\libraries\vendors\compile-xilinx-ise.ps1 -All
    PS> <GHDL>\libraries\vendors\compile-xilinx-vivado.ps1 -All
    PS> <GHDL>\libraries\vendors\compile-osvvm.ps1 -All
    PS> <GHDL>\libraries\vendors\compile-vunit.ps1 -All
    
  • Step 3 - Viewing the result This creates vendor directories in your current working directory and compiles the vendor files into them.

    PS> dir
        Directory: D:\temp\ghdl
    
    Mode           LastWriteTime       Length Name
    ----           -------------       ------ ----
    d----    20.11.2015    19:33        <DIR> altera
    d----    20.11.2015    19:38        <DIR> lattice
    d----    20.11.2015    19:38        <DIR> osvvm
    d----    20.11.2015    19:45        <DIR> vunit_lib
    d----    20.11.2015    19:06        <DIR> xilinx-ise
    d----    20.11.2015    19:40        <DIR> xilinx-vivado
    

Configuration Files

For Linux: config.sh

Please open the config.sh file and set the dictionary entries for the installed vendor tools to the appropriate directory to your tool’s installation directories. Use an empty string “” for not installed tools.

config.sh:

declare -A InstallationDirectory
InstallationDirectory[AlteraQuartus]="/opt/Altera/16.0"
InstallationDirectory[LatticeDiamond]="/opt/Diamond/3.8_x64"
InstallationDirectory[OSVVM]="/home/<user>/git/GitHub/osvvm"
InstallationDirectory[VUnit]="/home/<user>/git/GitHub/vunit"
InstallationDirectory[XilinxISE]="/opt/Xilinx/14.7"
InstallationDirectory[XilinxVivado]="/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2016.3"

For Windows: config.psm1

Please open the config.psm1 file and set the dictionary entries for the installed vendor tools to the appropriate directory to your tool’s installation folder. Use an empty string “” for not installed tools.

config.psm1:

$InstallationDirectory = @{
  "AlteraQuartus" =   "C:\Altera\16.0";
  "LatticeDiamond" =  "C:\Lattice\Diamond\3.8_x64";
  "XilinxISE" =       "C:\Xilinx\14.7\ISE_DS";
  "XilinxVivado" =    "C:\Xilinx\Vivado\2016.3";
  "OSVVM" =           "D:\git\GitHub\osvvm";
  "VUnit" =           "D:\git\GitHub\vunit"
}

Selectable Options for the Bash Scripts:

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  • Common parameters to most scripts:

    -h --help             Print the embedded help page(s).
    -c --clean            Cleanup directory before analyzing.
    -n --no-warnings        Don't show warnings. Report errors only.
    -s --skip-existing    Skip already compiled files (an *.o file exists).
    -S --skip-largefiles  Don't compile large entities like DSP and PCIe primitives.
    -H --halt-on-error    Stop compiling if an error occured.
    
  • compile-altera.sh

    Selectable libraries:

      -a --all              Compile all libraries, including common libraries, packages and device libraries.
         --altera           Compile base libraries like 'altera' and 'altera_mf'
         --max              Compile device libraries for Max CPLDs
         --arria            Compile device libraries for Arria FPGAs
         --cyclone          Compile device libraries for Cyclone FPGAs
         --stratix          Compile device libraries for Stratix FPGAs
    
    Compile options:
    
    .. code-block:: raw
    
    
         --vhdl93           Compile selected libraries with VHDL-93 (default).
         --vhdl2008         Compile selected libraries with VHDL-2008.
    
  • compile-xilinx-ise.sh

    Selectable libraries:

    -a --all              Compile all libraries, including common libraries, packages and device libraries.
       --unisim           Compile the unisim primitives
       --unimacro         Compile the unimacro macros
       --simprim          Compile the simprim primitives
       --corelib          Compile the xilinxcorelib macros
       --secureip         Compile the secureip primitives
    

    Compile options:

    --vhdl93           Compile selected libraries with VHDL-93 (default).
    --vhdl2008         Compile selected libraries with VHDL-2008.
    
  • compile-xilinx-vivado.sh

    Selectable libraries:

    -a --all              Compile all libraries, including common libraries, packages and device libraries.
       --unisim           Compile the unisim primitives
       --unimacro         Compile the unimacro macros
       --secureip         Compile the secureip primitives
    

    Compile options:

    --vhdl93           Compile selected libraries with VHDL-93 (default).
    --vhdl2008         Compile selected libraries with VHDL-2008.
    
  • compile-osvvm.sh

    Selectable libraries:

    -a --all              Compile all.
       --osvvm            Compile the OSVVM library.
    
  • compile-vunit.sh

    Selectable libraries:

    -a --all              Compile all.
       --osvvm            Compile the VUnit library.
    
  • compile-uvvm.sh

    Selectable libraries:

    -a --all              Compile all.
       --uvvm             Compile the VUnit library.
    

Selectable Options for the PowerShell Scripts:

  • Common parameters to all scripts:

    -Help                 Print the embedded help page(s).
    -Clean                Cleanup directory before analyzing.
    -SuppressWarnings     Don't show warnings. Report errors only.
    
  • compile-altera.ps1

    Selectable libraries:

    -All                  Compile all libraries, including common libraries, packages and device libraries.
    -Altera               Compile base libraries like 'altera' and 'altera_mf'
    -Max                  Compile device libraries for Max CPLDs
    -Arria                Compile device libraries for Arria FPGAs
    -Cyclone              Compile device libraries for Cyclone FPGAs
    -Stratix              Compile device libraries for Stratix FPGAs
    

    Compile options:

    -VHDL93               Compile selected libraries with VHDL-93 (default).
    -VHDL2008             Compile selected libraries with VHDL-2008.
    
  • compile-xilinx-ise.ps1

    Selectable libraries:

    -All                  Compile all libraries, including common libraries, packages and device libraries.
    -Unisim               Compile the unisim primitives
    -Unimacro             Compile the unimacro macros
    -Simprim              Compile the simprim primitives
    -CoreLib              Compile the xilinxcorelib macros
    -Secureip             Compile the secureip primitives
    

    Compile options:

    -VHDL93               Compile selected libraries with VHDL-93 (default).
    -VHDL2008             Compile selected libraries with VHDL-2008.
    
  • compile-xilinx-vivado.ps1

    Selectable libraries:

    -All                  Compile all libraries, including common libraries, packages and device libraries.
    -Unisim               Compile the unisim primitives
    -Unimacro             Compile the unimacro macros
    -Secureip             Compile the secureip primitives
    

    Compile options:

    -VHDL93               Compile selected libraries with VHDL-93 (default).
    -VHDL2008             Compile selected libraries with VHDL-2008.
    
  • compile-osvvm.ps1

    Selectable libraries:

    -All                  Compile all.
    -OSVVM                        Compile the OSVVM library.
    
  • compile-vunit.ps1

    Selectable libraries:

    -All                  Compile all.
    -VUnit                        Compile the VUnit library.
    
  • compile-uvvm.ps1

    Selectable libraries:

    -All                  Compile all.
    -UVVM                         Compile the UVVM libraries.