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Lars Asplund 08c0c4c1b4 Make core testbenches recognized by VUnit
This commit also removes the dependencies these testbenches have on VHPIDIRECT.
The use of VHPIDIRECT limits the number of available simulators for the project. Rather than using
foreign functions the testbenches can be implemented entirely in VHDL where equivalent functionality exists.
For these testbenches the VHPIDIRECT-based randomization functions were replaced with VHDL-based functions.

The testbenches recognized by VUnit can be executed in parallel threads for better simulation performance using
the -p option to the script

Signed-off-by: Lars Asplund <>
2 years ago
Paul Mackerras 1a7aebeef8 Add random number generator and implement the darn instruction
This adds a true random number generator for the Xilinx FPGAs which
uses a set of chaotic ring oscillators to generate random bits and
then passes them through a Linear Hybrid Cellular Automaton (LHCA) to
remove bias, as described in "High Speed True Random Number Generators
in Xilinx FPGAs" by Catalin Baetoniu of Xilinx Inc., in:

This requires adding a .xdc file to tell vivado that the combinatorial
loops that form the ring oscillators are intentional.  The same
code should work on other FPGAs as well if their tools can be told to
accept the combinatorial loops.

For simulation, the random.vhdl module gets compiled in, which uses
the pseudorand() function to generate random numbers.

Synthesis using yosys uses nonrandom.vhdl, which always signals an
error, causing darn to return 0xffff_ffff_ffff_ffff.

This adds an implementation of the darn instruction.  Darn can return
either raw or conditioned random numbers.  On Xilinx FPGAs, reading a
raw random number gives the output of the ring oscillators, and
reading a conditioned random number gives the output of the LHCA.

Signed-off-by: Paul Mackerras <>
3 years ago