Advanced Usage

Execution Only

We recommend that during development of large programs (> 1 million cycles) that you do not generate proofs each time. Instead, you should have your script only execute the program with the RISC-V runtime and read public_values. Here is an example:

use sp1_sdk::{ProverClient, SP1Stdin};

// The ELF file with the RISC-V bytecode of the program from above.
const ELF: &[u8] = include_bytes!("../../program/elf/riscv32im-succinct-zkvm-elf");

fn main() {
    let mut stdin = SP1Stdin::new();
    let n = 5000u32;
    let client = ProverClient::new();
    let mut public_values = client.execute(ELF, stdin).expect("execution failed");
    let a =<u32>();
    let b =<u32>();

    // Print the program's outputs in our script.
    println!("a: {}", a);
    println!("b: {}", b);
    println!("successfully executed the program!")

If execution of your program succeeds, then proof generation should succeed as well! (Unless there is a bug in our zkVM implementation.)


For maximal performance, you should run proof generation with the following command and vary your shard_size depending on your program's number of cycles.

SHARD_SIZE=4194304 RUST_LOG=info RUSTFLAGS='-C target-cpu=native' cargo run --release

You can also use the SAVE_DISK_THRESHOLD env variable to control whether shards are saved to disk or not. This is useful for controlling memory usage.

SAVE_DISK_THRESHOLD=64 SHARD_SIZE=2097152 RUST_LOG=info RUSTFLAGS='-C target-cpu=native' cargo run --release

Blake3 on ARM machines

Blake3 on ARM machines requires using the neon feature of sp1-core. For examples in the sp1-core repo, you can use:

SHARD_SIZE=2097152 RUST_LOG=info RUSTFLAGS='-C target-cpu=native' cargo run --release --features neon

Otherwise, make sure to include the "neon" feature when importing sp1-zkvm in your Cargo.toml:

sp1-sdk = { git = "", features = [ "neon" ] }

Logging and Tracing Information

You can either use utils::setup_logger() or utils::setup_tracer() to enable logging and tracing information respectively. You should only use one or the other of these functions.


Tracing will show more detailed timing information.


You must run your command with:

RUST_TRACER=info cargo run --release



You must run your command with:

RUST_LOG=info cargo run --release