Laboratory 5 (individual) -- E100 part 1

Worth: 20 points
Due: 12 February 2016

Overview

This lab will exercise your understanding of the E100's instruction set and introduce you to a datapath and finite-state machine that implements some of this instruction set. You will demonstrate your understanding of the E100 by showing the results of an E100 program and by tracing through the execution of another E100 program on the datapath and finite-state machine provided.

E100

This section summarizes the E100 CPU that was covered in lecture.

The word size for the E100 is 32 bits. Numbers are stored in 2s complement representation (i.e., bit 31 has a place value of -2147483648). Words thus range in value from -2147483648 to 2147483647. E.g., 32'h80000000 represents -2147483648, 32'hffffffff represents -1, and 32'h7fffffff represents 2147483647. The calculator on the course web page converts between hexadecimal and signed numbers.

The E100 has instructions for arithmetic, array access, branches, function calls, and I/O. Each E100 instruction is composed of 4 memory words. The value of the first word of the instruction is called the opcode and specifies the operation for the instruction. The values of the next three memory words of an instruction are called arg1, arg2, and arg3.

The E100's instruction address register (IAR) contains the address of the first word of the current instruction, so the current instruction can be pictured as follows:

memory[IAR+0]    opcode
memory[IAR+1]    arg1
memory[IAR+2]    arg2
memory[IAR+3]    arg3

The following table describes the effect of each instruction on the E100's instruction register (IAR) and memory.
Instruction name Opcode Effect
halt 0 IAR = IAR+4
stop executing instructions
add 1 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = memory[arg2] + memory[arg3]
sub 2 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = memory[arg2] - memory[arg3]
mult 3 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = memory[arg2] * memory[arg3]
div 4 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = memory[arg2] / memory[arg3]
cp 5 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = memory[arg2]
and 6 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = memory[arg2] & memory[arg3]
or 7 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = memory[arg2] | memory[arg3]
not 8 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = ~memory[arg2]
sl 9 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = memory[arg2] << memory[arg3]
sr 10 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = memory[arg2] >> memory[arg3]
cpfa 11 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg1] = memory[arg2 + memory[arg3]]
cpta 12 IAR = IAR+4
memory[arg2 + memory[arg3]] = memory[arg1]
be 13
if (memory[arg2] == memory[arg3]) {
    IAR = arg1
} else {
    IAR = IAR+4
} 
bne 14
if (memory[arg2] != memory[arg3]) {
    IAR = arg1
} else {
    IAR = IAR+4
} 
blt 15
if (memory[arg2] < memory[arg3]) {
    IAR = arg1
} else {
    IAR = IAR+4
} 

Comparisons take into account the sign of the
number. E.g., 32'hffffffff (-1) is less than 32'h00000000 (0).
call 16 memory[arg2] = IAR+4
IAR = arg1
ret 17 IAR = memory[arg1]

Partial E100 implementation

The following Verilog files implement an E100 datapath (except for hexdigit.v) and partial control unit for the E100. Create a new Quartus project with these files (most should look familiar). For your convenience, here is a ZIP file containing all the Verilog files (extract them with the unzip command).

Read top.v and control.v, and review the truth table for the portion of the control unit that we covered in lecture (fetch, decode, and execute for the add and be instructions). Familiarize yourself with the signals used to control the datapath, and trace through the execution of a simple instruction (e.g., add).

Pre-lab assignment

Your pre-lab assignment is to answer questions about the E100 instruction set and implementation. Write your answers to a PDF file (remember to include your name) and submit it before you arrive in lab; your time in lab will be spent writing assembly-language programs. Bring the file with your answers to lab in case you need to revise and re-submit your answers.

  1. Trace how an E100 would execute the following memory image (addresses and values are shown in decimal). Write the IAR value and memory contents after each instruction executes (you need only show values that have changed). You need not consider how the E100 datapath/FSM would execute this program; you need only consider the instruction-level behavior of the program. In other words, you should only be using the above table to answer this question; you should not be referring to the datapath and FSM in the partial E100 implementation (which doesn't even implement all the instructions used in this question).
    memory[0] = 12
    memory[1] = 30
    memory[2] = 32
    memory[3] = 31
    memory[4] = 11
    memory[5] = 38
    memory[6] = 42
    memory[7] = 45
    memory[8] = 16
    memory[9] = 20
    memory[10] = 39
    memory[11] = 0
    memory[12] = 1
    memory[13] = 41
    memory[14] = 28
    memory[15] = 29
    memory[16] = 0
    memory[17] = 0
    memory[18] = 0
    memory[19] = 0
    memory[20] = 2
    memory[21] = 40
    memory[22] = 28
    memory[23] = 29
    memory[24] = 17
    memory[25] = 39
    memory[26] = 0
    memory[27] = 0
    memory[28] = -100
    memory[29] = 197
    memory[30] = 12000
    memory[31] = 5
    memory[32] = 600
    memory[33] = 599
    memory[34] = 598
    memory[35] = 597
    memory[36] = 596
    memory[37] = 10000
    memory[38] = 11000
    memory[39] = 13000
    memory[40] = 14000
    memory[41] = 15000
    memory[42] = 900
    memory[43] = 800
    memory[44] = 700
    memory[45] = 2
    
  2. Now consider a different memory image:
    memory[0]  = 15
    memory[1]  = 8
    memory[2]  = 12
    memory[3]  = 13
    memory[4]  = 0
    memory[5]  = 0
    memory[6]  = 0
    memory[7]  = 0
    memory[8]  = 0
    memory[9]  = 0
    memory[10] = 0
    memory[11] = 0
    memory[12] = 1000
    memory[13] = 2000
    
    Trace through how the datapath and finite-state machine provided would execute this program. For each cycle, list the state that the finite-machine is in during that cycle and any changes to memory or registers (IAR, op1, op2, opcode, arg1, arg2, arg3, memory_address) that will occur at the end of that cycle. The starting value of IAR, op1, op2, opcode, arg1, arg2, arg3 are all 0. The starting value of memory_address is undefined. The starting contents of memory are given above.

    To get you started, here are the answers for the first few cycles:

    Cycle 1:

    Cycle 2:

    Cycle 3:

In-lab demonstration

There is no in-lab demonstration for this lab. Instead, submit your answers to the questions above before you arrive in lab (you may revise and re-submit your answers up to the end of the due date). During the lab, you will discuss the E100 instruction set and implementation, and you will practice writing assembly-language programs.