Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Booting Linaro ARMv8 OE images with Qemu

A quick update - Linaro ARMv8 OpenEmbbeded images work just fine with qemu 2.1 as well:
$ http://releases.linaro.org/14.07/openembedded/aarch64/Image
$ http://releases.linaro.org/14.07/openembedded/aarch64/vexpress64-openembedded_lamp-armv8-gcc-4.9_20140727-682.img.gz
$ qemu-system-aarch64 -m 1024 -cpu cortex-a57 -nographic -machine virt \
 -kernel Image -append 'root=/dev/vda2 rw rootwait mem=1024M console=ttyAMA0,38400n8' \
 -drive if=none,id=image,file=vexpress64-openembedded_lamp-armv8-gcc-4.9_20140727-682.img \
 -netdev user,id=user0 -device virtio-net-device,netdev=user0  -device virtio-blk-device,drive=image 
[    0.000000] Linux version 3.16.0-1-linaro-vexpress64 (buildslave@x86-64-07) (gcc version 4.8.3 20140401 (prerelease) (crosstool-NG linaro-1.13.1-4.8-2014.04 - Linaro GCC 4.8-2014.04) ) #1ubuntu1~ci+140726114341 SMP PREEMPT Sat Jul 26 11:44:27 UTC 20
[    0.000000] CPU: AArch64 Processor [411fd070] revision 0
...
root@genericarmv8:~# 
Quick benchmarking with age-old ByteMark nbench:
Index Qemu Foundation Host
Memory 4.294 0.712 44.534
Integer 6.270 0.686 41.983
Float 1.463 1.065 59.528
Baseline (LINUX) : AMD K6/233*
Qemu is upto 8x faster than Foundation model on Integers, but only 50% faster on Math. Meanwhile, the Host pc spends 7-40x slower emulating ARMv8 than executing native instructions.
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