May 26, 2018
MIPS32 Simulator – “1/25th the performance at none of the cost”
Spim/Xspim simulates MIPS32 assembly code, providing a gdb and xgdb like interface to the classical MIPS RISC CPU. The virtual machine it provides can be either the one presented by the MIPS assembler or the one of the bare hardware. The simulator can also be built to simulate the pipeline architecture of the MIPS machine both the control and floating point pipelines. When built for this, it also simulates and displays an instruction and data cache.
This simulator is useful in CS and EE classes, including providing a target machine for compilers courses, lower division assembly language programming, microprocessor design courses, etc…