Testbench is a native code environment in computer development for simulating one or more SOF audio processing components in an SOF topology-defined test pipeline. The generic C versions of the components work as such without modifications in the testbench. In an x86 Linux computer, all normal C code tools can be used for development.

The pipeline audio source and sink are normal files to store the PCM format. The pipeline simulation is scheduled to happen as fast as the computer can process the data. Typically, the pipelines execute 10 - 100x the speed vs. real time. Therefore, the testbench allows testing the pipeline with good coverage in a very short time.

The next sections describe typical usage scenarios with testbench.