tchigher / XiangShan

Open-source high-performance RISC-V processor

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XiangShan (香山) is an open-source high-performance RISC-V processor project.


Copyright 2020-2021 by Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Copyright 2020-2021 by Peng Cheng Laboratory.

Docs and slides

We gave 20+ presentations on RISC-V World Conference China 2021. XiangShan tutorial was held at the same place. Our slides for RVWC2021 have been updated on our doc repo (in Chinese).


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The first stable micro-architecture of XiangShan is called Yanqihu (雁栖湖) on this branch, which has been developed since June 2020. The current version of XiangShan, also known as Nanhu (南湖), is still under development on the master branch.

The micro-architecture overview is shown below.


Sub-directories Overview

Some of the key directories are shown below.

├── ready-to-run           # pre-built simulation images
├── scripts                # scripts for agile development
└── src
    ├── test               # test files (including diff-test, module-test, etc.)
    └── main/scala         # design files
        ├── device         # virtual device for simulation
        ├── difftest       # diff-test chisel interface
        ├── system         # SoC wrapper
        ├── top            # top module
        ├── utils          # utilization code
        ├── xiangshan      # main design code
        └── xstransforms   # some useful firrtl transforms

Generate Verilog

  • Run make verilog to generate verilog code. The output file is build/XSTop.v.
  • Refer to Makefile for more information.

Run Programs by Simulation

Prepare environment

  • Set environment variable NEMU_HOME to the absolute path of the NEMU project.
  • Set environment variable NOOP_HOME to the absolute path of the XiangShan project.
  • Set environment variable AM_HOME to the absolute path of the AM project.
  • Install mill. Refer to the Manual section in this guide.
  • Clone this project and run make init to initialize submodules.

Run with simulator

  • Install Verilator, the open-source Verilog simulator.
  • Run make emu to build the C++ simulator ./build/emu with Verilator.
  • Refer to ./build/emu --help for run-time arguments of the simulator.
  • Refer to Makefile and for more information.


make emu CONFIG=MinimalConfig EMU_THREADS=2 -j10
./build/emu -b 0 -e 0 -i ./ready-to-run/coremark-2-iteration.bin --diff ./ready-to-run/riscv64-nemu-interpreter-so

Troubleshooting Guide

Troubleshooting Guide


In the development of XiangShan, some sub-modules from the open-source community are employed. All relevant usage is listed below.

Sub-module Source Detail
L2 Cache/LLC Sifive block-inclusivecache Our new L2/L3 design are inspired by Sifive's block-inclusivecache.
Diplomacy/TileLink Rocket-chip We reused the diplomacy framework and TileLink utility that exist in rocket-chip to negotiate bus.

We are grateful for the support of the open-source community and encourage other open-source projects to reuse our code within the scope of the license.


Open-source high-performance RISC-V processor



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