ARM Kernel

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This page contains instructions for building up-to-date kernels for gem5 running on ARM.

Linux command-line Configurations

These instructions are for running headless systems. That is a more "server" style system where there is no frame-buffer. The description has been created using the latest known-working tag in the repositories linked below, however the tables in each section list previous tags that are known to work. To built the kernels on an x86 host you'll need ARM cross compilers. If you're running a reasonably new version of ubuntu you can get a AArch32 (32-bit compiler) and AArch64 compiler by installing them from apt:
apt-get install  gcc-arm-linux-gnueabihf gcc-aarch64-linux-gnu

If you can't use these pre-made compilers the next easiest way to obtain the required compilers from [Linaro].

32 bit kernel (AArch32)

These are instructions to generate a 32-bit ARM Linux binary.

wget ";a=snapshot;h=ll_20131205.0-gem5;sf=tgz" -O ll_20131205.0-gem5.tar.gz
tar zxf  ll_20131205.0-gem5.tar.gz
cd linux-linaro-tracking-gem5-ll_20131205.0-gem5-325b404/
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabihf- vexpress_gem5_server_defconfig
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabihf- -j4
mv vmlinux vmlinux.arm.ll_20131205.0-gem5

Testing the just built kernel:

% ./build/ARM/gem5.opt configs/example/  --kernel=/tmp/linux-linaro-tracking-gem5-ll_20131205.0-gem5-325b404/vmlinux.arm.ll_20131205.0-gem5 \
   --machine-type=VExpress_EMM --dtb-file=/tmp/linux-linaro-tracking-gem5-ll_20131205.0-gem5-325b404/arch/arm/boot/dts/vexpress-v2p-ca15-tc1-gem5.dtb 
Known working tags
Latest tag:

64 bit kernel (AArch64)

These are instructions to generate a 32-bit ARM Linux binary.

wget ";a=snapshot;h=20140821;sf=tgz" -O 20140821-gem5_aarch64.tar.gz
tar zxf 20140821-gem5_aarch64.tar.gz
make ARCH=arm64 CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-none-elf- gem5_server_defconfig
make ARCH=arm64 CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-none-elf- j4
mv vmlinux vmlinux.arm64.20140821

Known working tags
Latest tag:

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