Virtutech Simics - a Virtual Server
Peter S. Magnusson
AbstractShort and Zippy Version, for longer version see the PDF file.
System-level instruction-set simulators model target computers systems at the level of individual processor instructions and actual device binary interfaces. Such simulators can boot and run essentially arbitrary workloads, including unmodified operating systems from raw disk dumps. Heavily instrumented such simulators can be made to run remarkably quickly (a factor of 25-100 times overhead) and gather a large amount of information.
This makes them really cool tools for a variety of computer science and engineering tasks, and they will change the way we design and build computer hardware and software in the future.
This talk will present such a simulator: Virtutech Simics. For a combination of fidelity, performance, and ease of use, Simics surpasses all other architectural simulators that we are aware of. I will discuss some of the objectives with this technology, it's history, and some of the challenges facing designers. Hopefully we will have time for a little demonstration.The talk will be about 60 minutes followed by questions and discussion over some coffee and cookies.
Place: Information technology, Uppsala University
Room is in Building 1, Floor 5, room 49