Virtutech Simics - a Virtual Server

Peter S. Magnusson


Short 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: 1549
Time: February 8, 2000 at 13.15 to 14.15 (+ coffee and discussion)

Room is in Building 1, Floor 5, room 49
(in the northern part of the building).

Help on how get here and MIC campus drawing.

There will be an extended period for discussions after the seminar nourished by cookies and coffee.

Speakers are encouraged to give an short (5 min) introduction to the subject at the begining of the talk.
Listeners are excused if they have to leave after 1 hour.

Updated 04-Feb-2000 09:30 by Roland Grönroos
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