Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. What are FireSim and Chipyard?
  3. Tutorial Schedule
  4. Attendee Logistics/Requirements
  5. Registration
  6. Sponsors


We’re running a hands-on full-day tutorial on FireSim and Chipyard at MICRO 2019!

We’ll be providing access to AWS EC2 F1 instances to attendees free-of-charge to interactively follow the tutorial, thanks to the generosity of AWS and Xilinx!

Attendees will be able to customize an industry and silicon-proven RISC-V microprocessor design, run their own high-performance FPGA-accelerated simulations of their design in the cloud, and learn how to push their design to silicon, guided by the FireSim and Chipyard developers. See the tentative schedule below for more details.

What are FireSim and Chipyard?

Chipyard is a one-stop shop for generating complex RISC-V SoCs, including in-order and out-of-order processors, uncore components, vector co-processors, and other kinds of accelerators. Users can customize any component of the system and push it through automated ASIC flows (e.g. Hammer), software simulation (e.g. Verilator and VCS), and FPGA-accelerated simulation flows (e.g. FireSim) to enable agile end-to-end computer architecture research with a single re-usable toolchain.

FireSim is an open-source FPGA-accelerated simulation framework that can simulate designs built in Chipyard and deploy them to cloud FPGAs, running complex software stacks (e.g. Linux + applications) at 100s of MHz. FireSim simulations exactly and deterministically model Chipyard designs, matching cycle-by-cycle bit-by-bit behavior of the design as if it were taped out in silicon. I/Os like DRAM, UART, and Ethernet are also modeled cycle-accurately, allowing users to model complex systems, including large clusters, beyond the capabilities of test-chips.

Together, Chipyard and FireSim bridge the gap between open-hardware and architecture research, automating many common tasks of architecture and VLSI researchers in a single, easy-to-use platform.

Tutorial Schedule

Time Session Name Speaker Slides
8:30am Introduction/Overview, Amazon EC2 Instance Setup, Logistics Sagar Karandikar PDF
8:50am Chipyard Basics Jerry Zhao, Howard Mao PDF
10:00am Building Custom RISC-V SoCs in Chipyard Abraham Gonzalez PDF
10:30am Coffee Break    
11:00am Building Custom RISC-V SoCs in Chipyard (continued) Abraham Gonzalez PDF
11:20am Hammer VLSI Flow John Wright PDF
11:50am Afternoon FireSim Session Preview Sagar Karandikar PDF
12:00pm Lunch    
1:00pm FireSim Introduction Sagar Karandikar PDF
1:30pm Building Hardware Designs in FireSim David Biancolin PDF
2:00pm Building Software Workloads in FireSim Nathan Pemberton PDF
2:30pm Running a FireSim Simulation: Password Cracking on a RISC-V SoC with SHA-3 Accelerators and Linux Albert Ou PDF
3:00pm Coffee Break    
3:30pm Instrumenting and Debugging FireSim-Simulated Designs Alon Amid PDF
4:15pm FireSim Multi-FPGA Networked Simulation Alon Amid PDF
4:55pm Conclusion Alon Amid PDF
5:00pm End of Tutorial    

Attendee Logistics/Requirements

No prior experience with FireSim/Chipyard/RISC-V/Chisel is necessary. To follow along with the tutorial on the EC2 instances we provide, users will need to bring a laptop with an ssh client installed. Users may want to consider installing mosh (, a reliable ssh-client replacement. Our EC2 instances will also support connecting via mosh.


To attend the tutorial, you must register for MICRO 2019. Please make sure you select the FireSim/Chipyard tutorial on the registration form, so we can provision a sufficient number of EC2 instances for attendees.

Stay tuned!

We will continue to update this page as the tutorial is finalized. Join the FireSim mailing list and follow the FireSim Twitter account to stay up-to-date as we finalize the tutorial!


Thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support in running this tutorial:

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