This page discusses Continuous Integration for Embedded Systems and provides background material on the approaches used.

Adopting a modern approach to developing embedded software for RISC-V

Modern methodologies for developing embedded software focus around much automation for developing, testing, and deployment. In the desktop software segment an approach called Continuous Integration is at the centre.

Continuous Integration (CI) ( is where a build server monitors code check ins to a source code repository and initiates automatic build and unit testing ensuring that whenever code is checked in it is integrated and initial testing is performed.

For RISC-V embedded software this is a challenge as the software needs to run on a specific piece of RISC-V embedded hardware often with a non-x86 cpu and with often several non-PC components. To test RISC-V embedded software requires either the actual RISC-V embedded hardware or a prototype of it. In fact to really adopt real automation for Continuous Integration you need many copies of the RISC-V hardware so that many tests and users can operate in parallel.

This is the biggest challenge and the reason why so many users of Continuous Integration of Embedded Software are turning to simulation and virtual platforms to be at the centre of their test approach.

If you use RISC-V and want to use a Continuous Integration methodology for embedded software development, simulation and virtual platforms become essential. 

By developing and testing RISC-V embedded software using RISC-V simulation and virtual platforms the adoption of a Continuous Integration approach becomes straightforward and beneficial. 

Using a Continuous Integration server such as Jenkins with Virtual Platform simulation for RISC-V embedded software development

To manage the building and unit testing that is at the heart of any continuous integration approach requires a build server. 

Jenkins ( is one of the leading open source solutions for desk top software. It was originally developed for Java program development but now works well with C/C++ and Make as needed for embedded systems.


Imperas has been using Continuous Integration with a build server and test automation system for over 5 years.

Imperas uses Jenkins internally and has customers developing embedded software using Jenkins and test automation using Imperas virtual platform simulation products.

For more information, please contact Imperas (

Easy to use – watch the video of RISC-V and Continuous Integration (CI)

To see a short video of the use of simulation and virtual platforms used with Jenkins Continuous Integration and to see how easy it is to use Imperas simulation technology with Jenkins to automate much of the build and test of embedded software, click the image:

CI demo Video

If you want to see other videos, OVP has a collection to view here.

Fastest Simulation of RISC-V virtual platforms

If you want to see a video of the Imperas parallel simulation acceleration, QuantumLeap, in action – click here for the fastest ARM model simulation, or for the Imagination MIPS use of QuantumLeap click here.

Industry Standard Debug and IDE

Each virtual platform supports standard debugging interfaces and can be connected using RSP to GDB, either standalone or within an Eclipse IDE environment. The models also connect to the advanced multi-core debugger available as part of the Imperas Advanced Multicore Software Development Kit product.

Eclipse GDB Debug

More Information

At the top of this page are several menu picks that list the different families and enable access to the model specific information. The listed items on the right provide news related information.

Getting Started

To explore how easy it is to use the Virtual Platform and Virtual Prototype models that are listed on this site,, ‘Developing RISC-V based systems using the Imperas Software Development Environment’, ‘Using the Imperas software development environment for RISC-V based designs’, look at the OVP starting page.

If you are looking for products to use to develop embedded software visit the Imperas Software website.

Thank you for your interest. To contact us please visit Imperas or OVP.

Currently available Fast Processor Model Families.

FamilyModel Variant
MIPS Models    MIPS Models aliases ISA M14K M14KcTLB M14KcFMM 4KEc 4KEm 4KEp M4K 4Kc 4Km 4Kp 24Kc 24Kf 24KEc 24KEf 34Kc 34Kf 34Kn 74Kc 74Kf 1004Kc 1004Kf 1074Kc 1074Kf microAptivC microAptivP microAptivCF interAptiv interAptivUP proAptiv 5Kf 5Kc 5KEf 5KEc M5100 M5150 M6200 M6250 MIPS32R6 P5600 P6600 I6400 MIPS64R6 I6500 (aliases)
ARM Models    ARM Models aliases ARMv4T ARMv4xM ARMv4 ARMv4TxM ARMv5xM ARMv5 ARMv5TxM ARMv5T ARMv5TExP ARMv5TE ARMv5TEJ ARMv6 ARMv6K ARMv6T2 ARMv6KZ ARMv7 ARM7TDMI ARM7EJ-S ARM720T ARM920T ARM922T ARM926EJ-S ARM940T ARM946E ARM966E ARM968E-S ARM1020E ARM1022E ARM1026EJ-S ARM1136J-S ARM1156T2-S ARM1176JZ-S Cortex-R4 Cortex-R4F Cortex-A5UP Cortex-A5MPx1 Cortex-A5MPx2 Cortex-A5MPx3 Cortex-A5MPx4 Cortex-A8 Cortex-A9UP Cortex-A9MPx1 Cortex-A9MPx2 Cortex-A9MPx3 Cortex-A9MPx4 Cortex-A7UP Cortex-A7MPx1 Cortex-A7MPx2 Cortex-A7MPx3 Cortex-A7MPx4 Cortex-A15UP Cortex-A15MPx1 Cortex-A15MPx2 Cortex-A15MPx3 Cortex-A15MPx4 Cortex-A17MPx1 Cortex-A17MPx2 Cortex-A17MPx3 Cortex-A17MPx4 AArch32 AArch64 Cortex-A32MPx1 Cortex-A32MPx2 Cortex-A32MPx3 Cortex-A32MPx4 Cortex-A35MPx1 Cortex-A35MPx2 Cortex-A35MPx3 Cortex-A35MPx4 Cortex-A53MPx1 Cortex-A53MPx2 Cortex-A53MPx3 Cortex-A53MPx4 Cortex-A55MPx1 Cortex-A55MPx2 Cortex-A55MPx3 Cortex-A55MPx4 Cortex-A57MPx1 Cortex-A57MPx2 Cortex-A57MPx3 Cortex-A57MPx4 Cortex-A72MPx1 Cortex-A72MPx2 Cortex-A72MPx3 Cortex-A72MPx4 Cortex-A73MPx1 Cortex-A73MPx2 Cortex-A73MPx3 Cortex-A73MPx4 Cortex-A75MPx1 Cortex-A75MPx2 Cortex-A75MPx3 Cortex-A75MPx4 MultiCluster ARMv6-M ARMv7-M Cortex-M0 Cortex-M0plus Cortex-M1 Cortex-M3 Cortex-M4 Cortex-M4F (aliases)
POWER Models    POWER Models aliases mpc82x UISA m476 m470 m460 m440 (aliases)
Renesas Models    Renesas Models aliases V850 V850E1 V850E1F V850ES V850E2 V850E2M V850E2R RH850G3M m16c r8c RL78-S1 RL78-S2 RL78-S3 (aliases)
RISC-V Models    RISC-V Models aliases RV32I RV32IM RV32IMC RV32IMAC RV32G RV32GC RV32GCN RV32E RV32EC RV64I RV64IM RV64IMC RV64IMAC RV64G RV64GC RV64GCN (aliases)
Other Models    Other Models aliases Synopsys ARC_600 Synopsys ARC_605 Synopsys ARC_700 Synopsys ARC_0x21 Synopsys ARC_0x22 Synopsys ARC_0x31 Synopsys ARC_0x32 openCores_generic Andes_N25 Andes_NX25 Microsemi_CoreRISCV Microsemi_MiV_RV32IMA SiFive_E31 SiFive_E51 SiFive_U54 Xilinx MicroBlaze_V7_00 Xilinx MicroBlaze_V7_10 Xilinx MicroBlaze_V7_20 Xilinx MicroBlaze_V7_30 Xilinx MicroBlaze_V8_00 Xilinx MicroBlaze_V8_10 Xilinx MicroBlaze_V8_20 Xilinx MicroBlaze_V9_50 Xilinx MicroBlaze_V10_00 Xilinx MicroBlaze_ISA Altera Nios II_Nios_II_F Altera Nios II_Nios_II_S Altera Nios II_Nios_II_E (aliases)