RISC-V AMS VP: An Open Source Evaluation Platform for Cyber-Physical Systems

Sallar Ahmadi-Pour, Vladimir Herdt, Rolf Drechsler

In: Forum on Specification & Design Languages (FDL). Forum on Specification & Design Languages (FDL-2021) September 8-10 Antibes/Hybrid France 2021.


Recently, Virtual Prototypes (VPs) implemented in SystemC TLM (Transaction-Level Modeling) have been introduced into the growing RISC-V ecosystem to facilitate early software development and testing. However, accurate environment modeling, which is crucial for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), has been mostly neglected to this point. Thus, in this paper, we propose the RISC-V AMS VP framework, that combines an existing open source RISC-V VP with the SystemC AMS (Analog/Mixed Signal) environment modeling style to obtain a RISC-V evaluation platform tailored for CPS. As a case study we created a temperature control system that integrates a sensor and heater component together with a control software. Moreover, we present results on an exemplary fault-injection evaluation that is enabled by bringing together software, hardware and environment models in our unified RISCV AMS VP framework. Finally, we provide the RISC-V AMS VP framework together with the temperature control system as open source to stimulate further research and as foundation for educational purposes.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence