Saturday, October 1, 2016

QEMU sun4v/Niagara target went public

I’m publishing my work on the sun4v emulation on the GitHub site:

Yes, I hope it’ll make it into the upstream soon, but those who like to boot Solaris 10/SPARC under QEMU can do it straight away.

It uses the firmware (hypervisor, machine definition and OpenBOOT) from the OpenSPARC T1 project. So in order to use it, download

$ tar xfj OpenSPARCT1_Arch.1.5.tar.bz2 ./S10image
$ cd path/to/qemu-sun4v

$ sparc64-softmmu/qemu-system-sparc64 -M Niagara -L /path/to/S10image/ -nographic -m 256 -drive if=pflash,readonly=on,file=/path/to/S10image/disk.s10hw2

Sun Fire T2000, No Keyboard
Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All rights reserved.
OpenBoot 4.20.0, 256 MB memory available, Serial #1122867.
[mo23723 obp4.20.0 #0]
Ethernet address 0:80:3:de:ad:3, Host ID: 80112233.

ok boot –v
login: root

In case you wonder why the path to drive image is not hard coded like all the paths to firmware components: it’s possible to specify a non-Solaris image, like HelenOS or NetBSD/sun4v (once it gets released).

Feel free to report me if you have more working OSes. :-)

 2016.11.04 Update: while the v0 version uses the name "Niagara", v1 and all subrequent ones will be using the lowercase name "niagara".