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Splitting and extracting specific modules from VPD or VCD dump

The vcsplit utility

Synopsys VCS has a nifty utility called vcsplit that lets you do 2 useful things

  1. Extract and create a new VPD/VCD with specific modules or a scope from a larger VPD/VCD
  2. Extract a time window and create a new VPD/VCD

This is how you use it.

vcsplit [-o output_file] [-scope selected_scope_or_signal] 
    [-include include_file] [-min min_time] [-max max_time]
    [-ignore ignore_file] input_file

Extract just one scope

You can specify it on the command line like this

vcsplit -o output.vpd -scope tb_top.dut.mod_inst.blk_inst input.vpd

Extract multiple scopes

First create a scopefile.txt file with one scope per line, like this:

# scopefile.txt

Then provide the above scopefile as input to vcsplit

vcsplit -o output.vpd -include scopefile input.vpd

Excluding scopes

Similar to -include, you can provide a scope list to exclude, using the -ignore option.