Call for Participation:

OpenPiton Tutorial

Submitted by David Wentzlaff

OpenPiton Tutorial
co-located with ISCA 2016
Seoul, S. Korea
June 19, 2016
This tutorial will introduce the user to OpenPiton including how to use the
framework to build different designs. The tutorial will introduce the
verification framework (Verilog simulation), how to synthesize an OpenPiton
processor for a Xilinx FPGA board, it will demonstrate booting Linux on an
FPGA version of OpenPiton, it will familiarize users with how to use the
OpenPiton framework to target an ASIC tapeout, and it will show users how to
configure and extend the OpenPiton architecture to enable architecture
research. This tutorial will be hands-on so please bring a laptop.

OpenPiton is an open source framework designed to enable scalable architecture
research prototypes from 1 core to 500 million cores. OpenPiton is the
world’s first open source, general-purpose, multithreaded manycore processor
and framework. OpenPiton leverages the industry hardened OpenSPARC T1 core
with modifications and builds upon it with a scratch-built, scalable uncore
creating a flexible, modern manycore design. In addition, OpenPiton provides
synthesis and backend scripts for ASIC and FPGA to enable other researchers to
bring their designs to implementation. On FPGA, OpenPiton provides a new high
performance memory controller. OpenPiton provides a complete verification
infrastructure of over 8000 tests, is supported by mature software tools, runs
full-stack multiuser Debian Linux, and is written in industry standard
Verilog. Multiple implementations of OpenPiton have been created including a
taped-out 25-core implementation in IBM’s 32nm process and multiple Xilinx
FPGA prototypes.