Xen ARM with Virtualization Extensions/FastModels
The first 'hardware' which was supported by the Xen ARM with Virtualization Extensions port was the ARM FastModel emulator.
Fixed Virtual Platforms
The primary models in use today by the Xen developers are the Fixed Virtual Platforms (FVP) modules which are available from ARM, e.g. RTMS_VE_Cortex-A15x2 and RTSM_VE_AEMv8Ax2.
If you do not have access to the FVPs then you may be able to download an evaluation version of the FastModels and build an equivalent model yourself, see 'Building a model' below.
Building a model
Download FastModels & Evaluation License
You can download FastModels and an evaluation license from the ARM Info Center. In order to do so you will need to register. Once you have registered you can navigate via the Support drop-down menu, to Resources, Evaluation Products and finally Fast Models. At this point you will be asked to provide a phone number as well as a host MAC address for licensing purposes, you should enter the MAC address of the machine you intend to run the emulator on. Next you should select the Processor model (select Cortex-A15) and host platform.
At this point your download should begin and you should be shown your license file which you should download and save
These instructions are based on the FE000-KT-00002-r7p0-40rel0.tgz version of FastModels.
Unpack the tarball and run the setup.bin which is contained. Follow the wizard to install.
Note: if your system is a 64 bit Debian Squeeze you need to install the package ia32-libs to be able to run setup.bin.
Building a model
We use the example models which ship with FastModels. These are equivalent to the FVP.
If you have access to an AEM license then you can/should use FastModels/FastModelsPortfolio_7.0/examples/RTSM_VE/Build_AEMv7A/RTSM_VE_AEMv7A.sgproj. If you have a Cortex-A15 evalaution license then FastModels/FastModelsPortfolio_7.0/examples/RTSM_VE/Build_Cortex-A15x1/RTSM_VE_Cortex-A15x1.sgproj is the one to use.
To start run:
Using the relevant .sgproj file. sgcanvas will start and load the example model.
At this point you can select your target environment from the Project, Active Configuration menu. Select the environment which best matches your host.
Next click the Build button and the hit yes to save your changes.
At this point sgcanvas will compile your model, which will take a few minutes. The output will be e.g.
Where FastModels/FastModelsPortfolio_7.0/examples/RTSM_VE/Build_Cortex-A15x1 corresponds to the example project which you built and Linux64-Release-GCC-4.1 corresponds to the Active Configuration which you selected.
Note: if your system is a 64 bit Debian Squeeze you need to install the package xutils-dev to be able to compile your model.
Running a model
This section assumes that you have found and built a suitable Xen hypervisor and Linux domain 0 kernel. Please see Xen ARM with Virtualization Extensions for more details on obtaining and building these.
A model is run using the model_shell tool, or optionally modeldebugger. To run the model pass the path to the cadi_system_Linux64-Release-GCC-4.1.so as the first argument and the kernel to run (e.g. the Xen hypervisor) as the second:
model_shell FastModels/FastModelsPortfolio_7.0/examples/RTSM_VE/Build_Cortex-A15x1/Linux64-Release-GCC-4.1/cadi_system_Linux64-Release-GCC-4.1.so xen.git/xen/xen.axp
This will boot but fail to find the domain 0 kernel, since we haven't provided one. Currently Xen expects to find the kernel at the start of the emulate flash device, you can configure this by setting the motherboard.flashloader0.fname model paramter using the -C command line option:
model_shell FastModels/FastModelsPortfolio_7.0/examples/RTSM_VE/Build_Cortex-A15x1/Linux64-Release-GCC-4.1/cadi_system_Linux64-Release-GCC-4.1.so xen.git/xen/xen.axp -C motherboard.flashloader0.fname=linux/arch/arm/boot/zImage
Alternatively you can create params.cfg containing you local parameters:
which you pass to the model using the -f option:
model_shell FastModels/FastModelsPortfolio_7.0/examples/RTSM_VE/Build_Cortex-A15x1/Linux64-Release-GCC-4.1/cadi_system_Linux64-Release-GCC-4.1.so xen.git/xen/xen.axp -f params.cfg.
Note that before commit 47d1a51 (xen: arm: make zImage the default target which we install) it was necessary to use xen.git/xen/xen instead of xen.git/xen/xen.axp.
When running with the AEM you should also pass some other options to the model. This is best done using the -f option to pass a file containing the following to model_shell:
cluster.cpuID=0x410fc0f0 cluster.multiprocessor_extensions=1 cluster.vmsa.separate_tlbs=1 cluster.implements_ple_like_a8=0 cluster.vmsa.implements_fcse=0 cluster.vmsa.main_tlb_size=512 cluster.vmsa.main_tlb_lockable_entries=4 cluster.vmsa.instruction_tlb_size=32 cluster.implements_virtualization=1 cluster.implements_lpae=1 cluster.use_Cortex-A15_peripherals=1 cluster.delayed_CP15_operations=1 cluster.num_cores=1 cluster.cpu0.implements_fused_mac=1 cluster.cpu0.implements_sdiv_udiv=1 cluster.cpu0.l1icache-size_bytes=32768 cluster.cpu0.l1icache-associativity=2 cluster.cpu0.l1icache-linelength_bytes=64 cluster.cpu0.l1dcache-size_bytes=32768 cluster.cpu0.l1dcache-associativity=2 cluster.cpu0.l1dcache-linelength_bytes=64 cluster.cpu0.l2dcache-size_bytes=0x00200000 cluster.cpu0.l2dcache-associativity=16 cluster.cpu0.l2dcache-linelength_bytes=64
This extra configuration is not necessary with the Cortex-A15 model.
There is extensive documentation regarding the use of FastModel installed as part of the installation process. Look in FastModels/FastModelsTools_7.0/doc and FastModels/FastModelsPortfolio_7.0/Docs.