Using the UVM libraries with Questa

by Rich Edelman and Dave Rich

Introduction

The UVM is a derivative of OVM 2.1.1. It has similar use model, and is run in generally the same way.

One significant change is that the UVM requires a DPI compiled library in order to enable regular expression matching, backdoor access and other functionality.

When running UVM based testbenches, we recommend using the built-in, pre-compiled UVM and DPI compiled libraries. This will remove the need to install any compilers or create a “build” environment.

One other issue to mention if you are converting from OVM to UVM, and if you use stop_request() and/or global_stop_request(), then you will need to use the following plusarg, otherwise your testbench will end prematurely without awaiting your stop_request().

vsim +UVM_USE_OVM_RUN_SEMANTIC +UVM_TESTNAME=hello …

Simulating with UVM Out-Of-The-Box with Questa

The UVM base class libiraries can be used out of the box with Questa 10.0b or higher very easily. There is no need to compile the SystemVerilog UVM package or the C DPI source code yourself. The Questa 10.0b release and every release afterwards contains a pre-compiled DPI library, as well as a pre-compiled UVM library. The only dependency is that your host system requires glibc-2.3.4 or later installed. Questa 10.0c Windows users only, please read this important note about the location of the DPI libraries.

You can easily use these steps:

vlib work
vlog hello.sv
vsim hello …

Notice that we don’t have to specify +incdir+$(UVM_HOME)/src,  $(UVM_HOME)/src/uvm_pkg.sv  to vlog, or add a -sv_lib command to the vsim command to load the uvm_dpi shared object.

Controling UVM Versions

Each release of Questa comes with multiple versions of the UVM pre-compiled and ready to load.  By default, a fresh install of Questa will load the latest version of UVM that is available in the release.  If an older version of UVM is needed, this version can be selected in one of two ways.

Modify the modelsim.ini File

Inside the modelsim.ini file, it contains a line which defines a library mapping for Questa.  That line is the mtiUvm line.  It looks something like this:

mtiUvm = $MODEL_TECH/../uvm-1.1b

This example is pointing to the UVM 1.1b release included inside the Questa release.  If we wanted to downgrade to UVM 1.1a, then we would simply modify the line to look like this:

mtiUvm = $MODEL_TECH/../uvm-1.1a

Command Line Switch

The Questa commands can also accept a switch on the command line to tell it which libraries to look for.  This switch overrides what is specified in the modelsim.ini file if there is a conflict.  The switch is ‘-L’.  If this switch is used, then all Questa commands with the exception of vlib will need to use the switch.

vlib work
vlog hello.sv -L $QUESTA_HOME/uvm-1.1a
vsim hello -L $QUESTA_HOME/uvm-1.1a ...

If you are using some other platform, or you want to compile your own DPI library, please follow the directions below.

If you use an earlier Questa installation, like 6.6d or 10.0, then you must supply the +incdir, and you must compile the UVM.

For example, with 10.0a on linux, you can do

vlib work
vlog hello.sv
vsim -c -sv_lib $UVM_HOME/lib/uvm_dpi …

if you use your own UVM download, or you use Questa 6.6d or 10.0 you need to do the following:

vlib work
vlog +incdir+$UVM_HOME/src $UVM_HOME/src/uvm_pkg.sv
mkdir -p $UVM_HOME/lib
g++ -m32 -fPIC -DQUESTA -g -W -shared
-I/u/release/10.0a/questasim//include
$UVM_HOME/src/dpi/uvm_dpi.cc
-o $UVM_HOME/lib/uvm_dpi.so
vlog +incdir+$UVM_HOME/src hello.sv
vsim -c -sv_lib $UVM_HOME/lib/uvm_dpi …

Building the UVM DPI Shared Object Yourself

If you don’t use the built-in, pre-compiled UVM, then you must provide the vlog +incdir+ and you must compile the UVM yourself, including the DPI library.

In $UVM_HOME/examples, there is a Makefile.questa which can compile and link your DPI shared object.

For Linux (linux):

cd $UVM_HOME/examples
setenv MTI_HOME /u/release/10.0a/questasim/
make -f Makefile.questa dpi_lib

> mkdir -p ../lib
> g++ -m32 -fPIC -DQUESTA -g -W -shared
>   -I/u/release/10.0a/questasim//include
>   ../src/dpi/uvm_dpi.cc -o ../lib/uvm_dpi.so

For Linux 64 (linux_x86_64)

cd $UVM_HOME/examples
setenv MTI_HOME /u/release/10.0a/questasim/
make LIBNAME=uvm_dpi64 BITS=64 -f Makefile.questa dpi_lib

> mkdir -p ../lib
> g++ -m64 -fPIC -DQUESTA -g -W -shared
>   -I/u/release/10.0a/questasim//include
>   ../src/dpi/uvm_dpi.cc -o ../lib/uvm_dpi64.so

For Windows (win32):

cd $UVM_HOME/examples
setenv MTI_HOME /u/release/10.0a/questasim/
make -f Makefile.questa dpi_libWin

> mkdir -p ../lib
> c:/QuestaSim_10.0a/gcc-4.2.1-mingw32vc9/bin/g++.exe
>   -g -DQUESTA -W -shared
>   -Bsymbolic -Ic:/QuestaSim_10.0a/include
>   ../src/dpi/uvm_dpi.cc -o
>   ../lib/uvm_dpi.dll
>   c:/QuestaSim_10.0a/win32/mtipli.dll -lregex

Note: For Windows, you must use the GCC provided on the Questa download page: (questasim-gcc-4.2.1-mingw32vc9.zip)

Save to /tmp/questasim-gcc-4.2.1-mingw32vc9.zip
cd $MTI_HOME
unzip /tmp/questasim-gcc-4.2.1-mingw32vc9.zip
<creates the GCC directories in the MTI_HOME>

Using the UVM DPI Shared Object

You should add the -sv_lib switch to your vsim invocation. You do not need to specify the extension, vsim will look for ‘.so’ on linux and linux_x86_64, and ‘.dll’ on Windows.

linux:

vsim -sv_lib $UVM_HOME/lib/uvm_dpi -do “run -all; quit -f”

linux_x86_64:

vsim -sv_lib $UVM_HOME/lib/uvm_dpi64 -do “run -all; quit -f”

win32:

cp $UVM_HOME/lib/uvm_dpi.dll .
vsim -sv_lib uvm_dpi -do “run -all; quit -f”

Running the examples from the UVM 1.1 Release

If you want to run the examples from the UVM 1.0 Release you need to get the Open Source kit – it contains the examples.

1. Download the UVM tar.gz and unpack it.

2. set your UVM_HOME to point to the UVM installation.

  • setenv UVM_HOME /tmp/uvm-<version#>

3. Go to the example that you want to run.

  • cd $UVM_HOME/examples/simple/hello_world

4. Invoke make for your platform:

  • For Windows (win32)
cd $UVM_HOME/examples/simple/hello_world
make DPILIB_TARGET=dpi_libWin -f Makefile.questa all
# Note: for windows, you need a "development area", with make, gcc/g++, etc. Using cygwin is the easiest solution
  • For Linux (linux)
cd $UVM_HOME/examples/simple/hello_world
make -f Makefile.questa all
  • For Linux 64 (linux_x86_64)
cd $UVM_HOME/examples/simple/hello_world
make BITS=64 -f Makefile.questa all

Migration from OVM to UVM

An OVM design can be migrated to UVM using a script. Many OVM designs can work without any hand coded changes or other intervention. It is a good idea to first get your design running on the latest version of OVM 2.1.2, before starting the migration process.

These designs can be converted from OVM to UVM using the distributed conversion script:

cd $MY_TEST_BENCH
$UVM_HOME/bin/ovm2uvm

In certain cases hand coded changes might be required.

Using the ovm2uvm script, you can run a “dry run” try and see what must be changed. There are many options to the script. Before using it, you should study it carefully, and run it in ‘dry-run’ mode until you are comfortable with it. In all cases, make a backup copy of your source code, before you use the script to replace-in-place.

By default it does not change files.

Here is a simple script which copies the ovm code, then applies
the script.

# Copy my ovm-source to a new place.
(cd ovm-source; tar cf – .) | (mkdir -p uvm-source; cd uvm-source; tar xf -)

# Do a dry-run
$UVM_HOME/bin/ovm2uvm.pl -top_dir uvm-source

# Examine the *.patch file
….

# If satisfied with the analysis, change in place
$UVM_HOME/bin/ovm2uvm.pl -top_dir uvm-source -write

If you are migrating to the UVM from OVM, you are NOT required to use this script, but you must do a conversion by some means.

Once your OVM design is converted to UVM, you are almost ready to run.

The UVM requires that you use some DPI code. Additionally, the UVM defines a different semantic for run(). If you are using an OVM design converted to UVM, and you use stop_request() or global_stop_request(), then you need to add a switch:

vsim +UVM_USE_OVM_RUN_SEMANTIC +UVM_TESTNAME=hello …

In order to NOT use this switch, you need to change your OVM design. You need to NOT use stop_request() or global_stop_request(). You should cause your test and testbench to be controlled by raising objections as the first thing in your run tasks, and then lowering your objections where you previously had your stop requests.

More information about migrating from OVM to UVM can be found in the Verification Academy Cookbook (registration required).

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Commented on March 9, 2011 at 9:54 am
By System-Level Design » Blog Archive » Blog Review: March 9

[…] Dave Rich offers up some inside knowledge for using UVM 1.0 with Questa. If you work in this environment, […]

Commented on May 16, 2011 at 7:31 am
By mdt

localhost% /work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/examples>make -f Makefile.questa dpi_lib
mkdir -p /work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/lib
g++ -m32 -fPIC -DQUESTA -g -W -shared -I/asic/ssg_vol2/modeltech/questa6_4a/questasim/include /work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/src/dpi/uvm_dpi.cc -o /work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/lib/uvm_dpi.so
In file included from /work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/src/dpi/uvm_dpi.cc:30:
/work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/src/dpi/uvm_hdl.c: In function `int uvm_hdl_set_vlog(char*, t_vpi_vecval*, PLI_INT32)':
/work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/src/dpi/uvm_hdl.c:234: error: `vpi_release_handle’ was not declared in this scope
/work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/src/dpi/uvm_hdl.c: In function `int uvm_hdl_get_vlog(char*, t_vpi_vecval*, PLI_INT32)':
/work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/src/dpi/uvm_hdl.c:294: error: `vpi_release_handle’ was not declared in this scope
/work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/src/dpi/uvm_hdl.c:311: error: `vpi_release_handle’ was not declared in this scope
/work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/src/dpi/uvm_hdl.c: In function `int uvm_hdl_check_path(char*)':
/work/sv/uvm-1.0p1/src/dpi/uvm_hdl.c:341: error: `vpi_release_handle’ was not declared in this scope
make: *** [dpi_lib] Error 1

What’s wrong here?

Commented on May 16, 2011 at 7:47 am
By Dave Rich

mdt,

You are using a very old version of Questa. You need at least version 6.6d. 10.0a is the current version.

Commented on May 25, 2011 at 7:22 am
By mdt

Dave,

Thank you very much!

Commented on May 25, 2011 at 8:01 am
By mda

Hi,
I am trying to use uvm-1.0p1 with 10.0b. Can you please specify steps?
I used uvm_1.0 with 10.0a and everything was working OK.

Now I am getting the following

Warning: (vsim-3747) Failed to find user-specified function ‘uvm_hdl_check_path’ in DPI search list ….
…………………………….
Fatal: (vsim-160) …10.0b/verilog_src/uvm-1.0p1/src/dpi/uvm_svcmd_dpi.svh(27): Null foreign function pointer encountered when calling ‘dpi_get_next_arg_c’

Thanks in advance

Commented on May 25, 2011 at 8:20 am
By Dave Rich

With 10.0b, the out-of-the-box instructions change to no -sv_lib switch required.

Commented on September 2, 2011 at 2:42 am
By orenieru

Hi,
the important note for questa 10.0c windows users – link is broken. What doe’s it says?
Thanks

Commented on September 2, 2011 at 11:52 am
By Dave Rich

You need a SupportNet account to see the document. Basically it says the DPI library was placed in the wrong location in the distribution and you need to move or link it to the correct location.

Commented on September 24, 2011 at 10:21 am
By Srinivasan Venkataramanan

Hi Dave,
I am trying to run UVM 1.1 on Questa 10.0c and am facing the same issue. Just like “orenieru” I am also seeing that “important link” says “broken link”. Where is this uvm_dpi.so supposed to be in the install dir? And more importantly what is the final use model to use the pre-compiled DPI for UVM 1.1?

Thanks
Srini
http://www.cvcblr.com

Commented on September 24, 2011 at 10:22 am
By Srinivasan Venkataramanan

BTW, quick update – a simple find command on Cygwin (Windows) revealed no results for uvm_dpi.so, so am I supposed to compile it? Will the 10.0c1 relelase have the fix?

Thanks

Commented on September 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm
By Dave Rich

You need to move
/win32//uvm_dpi.dll

to

//win32/

Then, no -sv_lib switch is required.

Commented on May 10, 2012 at 3:27 am
By BK

How to resolve error in simulating UVM1.1 W7(64-bit ) Questasim10.0c even installed gcc-4.2.1-mingw32vc9.

** Fatal: (vsim-7019) Can’t locate a C compiler for compilation of DPI export tasks/functions.
#
# Time: 0 ns Iteration: 0 Unknown: File: UNKNOWN
# FATAL ERROR while loading design

Commented on May 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm
By Dave Rich

Make sure you are using the 32-bit version of Questa (recommended anyways because 32-bit mode is faster) with a 32-bit compiler. Did you put the compiler on your system path?

Commented on May 25, 2012 at 1:38 am
By Nagendra

hi ,
how to update uvm 1.0 to uvm 1.1 ?in linux

Commented on April 24, 2013 at 10:37 am
By chandan

Hi ,

I am getting error with uvm-1.1d with questa 10.0b
make DPILIB_TARGET=dpi_libWin -f Makefile.questa all
mkdir -p ../../../lib
/cygdrive/c/questasim_10.0b//gcc-4.2.1-mingw32vc9/bin/g++.exe -g -DQUESTA -W -shared -Bsymbolic -x c -I/cygdrive/c/questasim_10.0b//include ../../../src/dpi/uvm_dpi.cc -o ../../../lib/uvm_dpi.dll /cygdrive/c/questasim_10.0b//win32/mtipli.dll -lregex
In file included from ../../../src/dpi/uvm_dpi.cc:34:
../../../src/dpi/uvm_regex.cc:26:22: error: vpi_user.h: No such file or directory
In file included from ../../../src/dpi/uvm_dpi.cc:34:
../../../src/dpi/uvm_regex.cc: In function ‘uvm_re_match':

Commented on April 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm
By ulfat hussain

I am trying to simulate the examples with Questasim 10.0c. I can compile ok but when I try to simulate I get a lot of error messages like the following

** Warning: (vsim-3770) Failed to find user specified function ‘uvm_hdl_check_path’. The search list was empty.
# Using -sv_lib, -sv_root, and -sv_liblist arguments can provide a search list
# of shared libraries that will be used to resolve user specified functions.
# Time: 0 ns Iteration: 0 Instance: /hello_world File: D:/HDS/uvm/examples/simple/hello_world/hello_world.sv

# ** Warning: (vsim-3770) Failed to find user specified function ‘uvm_hdl_deposit’. The search list was empty.
# Using -sv_lib, -sv_root, and -sv_liblist arguments can provide a search list
# of shared libraries that will be used to resolve user specified functions.
# Time: 0 ns Iteration: 0 Instance: /hello_world File: D:/HDS/uvm/examples/simple/hello_world/hello_world.sv

# ** Warning: (vsim-3770) Failed to find user specified function ‘uvm_hdl_force’. The search list was empty.
# Using -sv_lib, -sv_root, and -sv_liblist arguments can provide a search list
# of shared libraries that will be used to resolve user specified functions.

Can anyone give me a solution?

Thanks

Commented on April 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm
By Dave Rich

Please read the important note above about using the UVM with 10.0c on Windows. That release had misplaced files.

Commented on April 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm
By ulfat hussain

Provided link is not opening. Can u tell me what to do to run UVM on Questa 10.0c on windows

Commented on April 29, 2013 at 1:49 am
By Ramesh Sedam

Am very new to UVM and stuck with this error.. please help in sloving this.

** Error: pci_package.sv(27): near “endpackage”: syntax error, unexpected endpackage, expecting function or task
make: *** [comp] Error 2

Commented on May 29, 2013 at 5:00 am
By prabhu_k

hi dave,
i am trying to stimulate questasim 10.1c but i am getting the error as “failed to find user specified function ‘uvm_hdl_check_path’ in DPI C/C++ source ” . .thanks in advance

Commented on September 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm
By vijaykumar v

while compiling the UVM based testbench, Questa sim 10.2 tool gave these mesages as “unexpected signal 11 error” . please suggest us, why we are getting error.

Commented on September 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm
By Dave Rich

Please contact http://supportnet.mentor.com and provide more information about the OS version, command line used, and any messages prior to the fatal error.

Commented on February 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm
By Hany Salah

after read this note ,, still I failed to run ubus example exist in uvm kit developed by accellera ,, shall you derive me the nested steps to do this so as to know my mistakes ,,,

Commented on July 29, 2014 at 12:21 am
By kuddin

Hi, Dave
I’d like to know whether modelsim/6.3g can compile uvm-1.1d

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  • UVM Register Package 2.0 Available for Download
  • Accellera’s OVM: Omnimodus Verification Methodology
  • High-Level Design Validation and Test (HLDVT) 2010
  • New OVM Sequence Layering Package – For Easier Tests
  • OVM 2.0 Register Package Released
  • OVM Extensions for Testbench Reuse
  • April 2010
  • SystemC Day Videos from DVCon Available Now
  • On Committees and Motivations
  • The Final Signatures (the meeting during the meeting)
  • UVM Adoption: Go Native-UVM or use OVM Compatibility Kit?
  • UVM-EA (Early Adopter) Starter Kit Available for Download
  • Accellera Adopts OVM 2.1.1 for its Universal Verification Methodology (UVM)
  • March 2010
  • The Art of Deprecation
  • OVM 2.1.1 Now Ready for Download
  • February 2010 Verification Horizons Newsletter Now Available
  • IEEE Standards Meetings in India
  • February 2010
  • I Do It …
  • SystemVerilog: A time for change? Maybe not.
  • Partners Offer Support for OVM 1.0 Register Package
  • SystemC Day at DVCon
  • OVM/VMM Interoperability Kit: It’s Ready!
  • January 2010
  • Three Perfect 10’s
  • OVM 1.0 Register Package Released
  • Accellera Adopts OVM
  • SystemC (IEEE Std. 1666™) Comes to YouTube
  • Debugging requires a multifaceted solution
  • December 2009
  • A Cliffhanger ABV Seminar, Jan 19, Santa Clara, CA
  • Truth in Labeling: VMM2.0
  • IEEE Std. 1800™-2009 (SystemVerilog) Ready for Purchase & Download
  • December Verification Horizons Issue Out
  • Evolution is a tinkerer
  • It Is Better to Give than It Is to Receive
  • Zombie Alert! (Can the CEDA DTC “User Voice” Be Heard When They Won’t Let You Listen)
  • DVCon is Just Around the Corner
  • The “Standards Corner” Becomes a Blog
  • I Am Honored to Honor
  • IEEE Standards Association Awards Ceremony
  • ABV and being from Missouri…
  • Time hogs, blogs, and evolving underdogs…
  • Full House – and this is no gamble!
  • Welcome to the Verification Horizons Blog!
  • September 2009
  • SystemVerilog: The finer details of $unit versus $root.
  • SystemVerilog Coding Guidelines
  • July 2009
  • The Language versus The Methodology
  • May 2009
  • Are Program Blocks Necessary?