Installing the Spike RISC-V Simulator

Spike is a RISC-V Simulator. Here are the steps to installing Spike from source for 32bit simulation.

Dependencies:

# Arch Linux
sudo pacman -S dtc

# Ubuntu / Debian
sudo apt install device-tree-compiler

Installing Spike

Make a new directory for Spike

mkdir RISCV
cd RISCV

Clone the repos for the RISCV GNU toolchain, proxy kernel (pk), and Spike itself

git clone --recursive https://github.com/riscv/riscv-gnu-toolchain
git clone https://github.com/riscv/riscv-pk
git clone https://github.com/riscv/riscv-isa-sim

Set environment variables (preferably move these commands into bashrc, zshrc, or something similar)

export RISCV=/path/from/home/to/RISCV
export PATH=$PATH:$RISCV/bin

Build the toolchain (this will take a while so make some tea or something)

cd riscv-gnu-toolchain
mkdir build
cd build
../configure --prefix=$RISCV --with-arch=rv32i
make

Now, to build the Proxy Kernel

cd ../riscv-pk
mkdir build
cd build
../configure --prefix=$RISCV --host=riscv32-unknown-elf
make
make install

Finally to build Spike

cd ../riscv-isa-sim
mkdir build
cd build
../configure --prefix=$RISCV --enable-histogram
make
make install

You are done!! To test if your install is working correctly use the following:

riscv32-unknown-elf-gcc helloworld.c # where helloworld.c is any C program
RISCV/riscv-isa-sim/build/spike --isa=RV32IMAC RISCV/riscv-pk/build/pk a.out
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