Simics 4.6 Initial Impressions

By Jakob Engblom

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Simics 4.6 is now out, and I would like to share some of my initial impressions of the new version.

The most visible new feature is probably the Simics source code debugger in Eclipse.  Source code debug might seem a yawn, but the way it has been integrated with Simics provides some new and unique abilities that at least I have never seen before in a debugger.  First of all, the debugger works on the system level.  An example is shown in the screenshot below, where we have two machines in the same Simics simulation – "Tune" is a dual-core Power Architecture P2020 running VxWorks, and "Herring" is a dual-core Intel Architecture Core 2 running Wind River Linux. 

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