The Designer's Guide to VHDL, 2nd Edition

Peter J. Ashenden


DLX Support Material

The DLX processor is a RISC machine described by John Hennessy and David Patterson in their book Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach. They provide support software and other resources for the DLX as a supplement to the book.

The DLX tools accompanying The Designer's Guide to VHDL, 2nd Edition, allow you to prepare programs for execution using the DLX instruction set interpreter models described in the case study in Chapter 15 and the file-loaded memory model described in Section 18.2. The software was developed by David Knight at Adelaide University, South Australia, and is Copyright Adelaide University. Permission is granted to use the software for educational and non-commercial use.

The DLX tools consist of the following programs:

Information on using the tools can be found in the DLX Tools Guide document provided as a PDF file with the software. The document describes the DLX assembler language, the commands used to invoke the tools, and the file formats they use. You can download archives contain the executable programs: