Virtualization

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IMA on Simics: An Interview with Tennessee Carmel-Veilleux

After Summer, I have been in contact with Tennessee Carmel-Veilleux at the École de technologie supérieure in Quebec, who has been doing some really cool work with Simics.  Tennessee has learnt Simics very quickly, and has been very clever in how to apply Simics to the research problems he has encountered. In this interview, he tells us some more about…

Physical or Virtual

When you explain what a virtual platform or full-system simulation solution like Wind River Simics is, a key part is that it runs the same software as a physical board or physical system. This does capture the core of the idea - but it does not mean that the virtual platform is only "just like the real thing". Comparing virtual…

Interview with Girish Venkatasubramanian

After my blog post on Academic Simics earlier this Summer, I got a very nice reply from Girish Venkatasubramanian of UFL. Turned out that he and his group was doing some really interesting and exciting stuff with Simics, researching into Hypervisor architectures and hardware support. Having been a PhD student myself, I can certainly appreciate the excitement and fun of…

Travelling into 64-bit Land with Simics

The new Freescale QorIQ P5020 SoC that was announced this week at the Freescale Technology Forum means that yet another chip family has now moved to 64 bits from 32 bits. This is a familiar scenario that has been played out many times before, starting in the mid-1990s as Sun, IBM and MIPS upgraded their server processor architectures to 64…

Analyzer Analyzed

The big news in Simics 4.4 is the new Simics Analyzer product. Analyzer contains a few different technologies, but the most immediately visible is the new execution timeline view. The timeline view shows the execution history of the software on the target system, making it easy to see what has run where and when. In this blog post, I will…

What is Simics, Really?

As you might have seen, Wind River recently acquired Simics, a product formerly sold by Virtutech. My colleagues Michel Genard and Bill Graham recently blogged on the topic.Simics can have a huge impact on the product development processes, time-to-market and quality. Apart from the cool things that Simics does to improve the development process, it is also a very interesting…