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Fedora 22 aarch64 virt-builder image

Fedora 22 was released today for x86, and almost simultaneously for aarch64. I have already built a virt-builder image, so you can install it immediately (either on real hardware or under virtualization on x86):

$ virt-builder --arch aarch64 fedora-22

To boot this on x86, use a slightly modified version of the instructions from here:

$ wget http://libguestfs.org/download/builder/fedora-22-aarch64-nvram.xz
$ unxz fedora-22-aarch64-nvram.xz
$ qemu-system-aarch64 -nodefconfig -nodefaults -display none \
    -M virt -cpu cortex-a57 -machine accel=tcg \
    -m 2048 \
    -drive if=pflash,format=raw,file=/usr/share/edk2.git/aarch64/QEMU_EFI-pflash.raw,readonly \
    -drive if=pflash,format=raw,file=fedora-22-aarch64-nvram \
    -device virtio-scsi-device,id=scsi \
    -drive file=fedora-22.img,format=raw,if=none,id=hd0 \
    -device scsi-hd,drive=hd0 \
    -netdev user,id=usernet \
    -device virtio-net-device,netdev=usernet \
    -serial stdio

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Actions S900-based 64 bit development board

Never heard of the company or of their 64 bit ARM SoC, but there is a press release here.

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Not very serious quest to run Linux on every architecture

Just looking at the Debian Ports page, how many of these architectures do I own?

Arch Notes
Alpha Good, working Alpha hardware is getting hard to obtain these days.
amd64 (x86-64) Obviously …
ARM (32 bit) I don’t really care about anything less than ARM version 7 these days, although I do have a Sheevaplug which I think is v5 or v6. My “go-to” 32 bit ARM board is the Cubietruck.
ARM (64 bit) I don’t own, but have under my desk at work, the Applied Micro X-gene (picture), and a lovely piece of kit it is too.
HP-PA I would love to get my hands on some HP-PA RISC hardware, but it’s even harder to get hold of than Alpha. Edit: If you really want HP PA then the HP C8000 workstation is available on eBay for $300 or so.
i386 I own a Lenovo X60s laptop, which is one of the few 32 bit Intel processors with (very slow) hardware virtualization
ia64 HP Itanium RX2620
M68K As I started out my professional career writing 68k assembler, I’d love to buy an MVME crate, but incredibly they go for upwards of $1000 on ebay, even 20 years after they stopped being made.
MIPS ✓/✗ I just bought the MIPS Creator CI20. I don’t own any Big Endian MIPS hardware, nor any 64 bit MIPS hardware.
OpenRISC I have this burned into an FPGA, but in storage.
PPC (32 bit) I recently sent a couple of old 32 bit Mac G4s to recycling.
PPC/POWER (64 bit) ✓/✗ I own a Mac G5 running Linux (picture). However I don’t own, and as far as I know cannot get my hands on any of the more interesting POWER7 or POWER8 hardware, although I have remote access to it through Red Hat.
s390/s390x Similar to ppc64, no possible way to own it, but I am able to remote access it through Red Hat.
SPARC (32 bit) Currently sitting in storage, but it’s there and it used to run Linux, albeit with only 128 MB of RAM
SPARC (64 bit) Is it possible to buy 64 bit SPARC hardware for a reasonable price?

Looks like I’m about half way there!

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How to boot a Fedora 21 aarch64 UEFI guest on x86_64

You can use virt-builder to make Fedora 21 aarch64 guests easily:

$ virt-builder --arch aarch64 fedora-21

but unless you have real aarch64 hardware, how do you boot them?

Well the latest qemu supports working system emulation for 64 bit ARM. So assuming you (a) have compiled a very new qemu-system-aarch64 (I recommend qemu from git), and (b) you have the AAVMF (UEFI for aarch64) firmware, then:

$ qemu-system-aarch64 \
    -nodefconfig -nodefaults -display none \
    -M virt -cpu cortex-a57 -machine accel=tcg -m 2048 \
    -drive if=pflash,format=raw,file=AAVMF_CODE.fd,readonly \
    -drive if=pflash,format=raw,file=vars.fd \
    -drive file=fedora-21.img,format=raw,if=none,id=hd0 \
    -device virtio-blk-device,drive=hd0 \
    -netdev user,id=usernet \
    -device virtio-net-device,netdev=usernet \
    -serial stdio

And that will boot the aarch64 guest.

Edit: If using Gerd’s AAVMF repo, replace AAVMF_CODE.fd with /usr/share/edk2.git/aarch64/QEMU_EFI-pflash.raw

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100 core ARM 64 bit chip

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ezchip-introduces-tile-mx100-worlds-highest-core-count-arm-processor-optimized-for-high-performance-networking-applications-293647261.html

They claim “linear scaling of application performance” which I rather doubt unless your application is web serving.

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virt-builder: Fedora 21 aarch64 image available

Why has wordpress.com decided to break all inline images in postings?

If you have ARM 64 bit hardware, you can now use virt-builder to create Fedora 21 guests …

$ virt-builder fedora-21
[   1.0] Downloading: http://libguestfs.org/download/builder/fedora-21-aarch64.xz
[   5.0] Planning how to build this image
[   5.0] Uncompressing
[  12.0] Opening the new disk
[  44.0] Setting a random seed
[  44.0] Setting passwords
virt-builder: Setting random password of root to JRjjjDxEfsZuCWca
[  47.0] Finishing off
                   Output file: fedora-21.img
                   Output size: 4.0G
                 Output format: raw
            Total usable space: 5.2G
                    Free space: 4.4G (85%)

I’m thankful to Pino Toscano for adding multi-architecture support to virt-builder a while back.

As shown above, virt-builder will pick the right architecture corresponding to the host, or you can override its choice by using --arch.

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OpenStack on aarch64

OpenStack can now be installed using Fedora 21 or Rawhide, on aarch64 hardware.

You have to use the packstack --allinone install method. Ceilometer doesn’t work because we don’t have mongodb on aarch64 yet, and there are a selection of bugs which you need to work around until they are fixed[1].

The big problem is I don’t have a convenient set of aarch64 cloud images to run on it yet 😦

Happy holidays everyone 🙂

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libguestfs now works on 64 bit ARM

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Pictured above is my 64 bit ARM server. It’s under NDA so I cannot tell you who supplied it or even show you a proper photo.

However it runs Fedora 21 & Rawhide:

Linux arm64.home.annexia.org 3.16.0-0.rc6.git1.1.efirtcfix1.fc22.aarch64 #1 SMP Wed Jul 23 12:15:58 BST 2014 aarch64 aarch64 aarch64 GNU/Linux

libvirt and libguestfs run fine, with full KVM acceleration, although right now you have to use qemu from git as the Rawhide version of qemu is not new enough.

Also OCaml 4.02.0 beta works (after we found and fixed a few bugs in the arm64 native code generator last week).

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A couple of ARM items …

I was going to title this post something like “ARM – from miniscule to enormous” because it refers to the Cortex M0+ (check out this picture!) and the 64 bit ARMs processors. But since they are such radically different beasts which don’t even share the same instruction set, let’s say this is about two items produced by ARM Holdings.

Firstly I ordered a two fun little Cortex-M0-based development boards, the Element 14 Freescale Freedom Board (buy hereYou have to order two because they are individually too cheap to meet the minimum order value on the Farnell site).

This is very very different from the other ARM hardware I have, because you can’t run Linux on it (it has only 128 KB of programmable flash, and a mere 16 KB of running memory). Nevertheless, it’s a proper 32 bit processor which runs FORTH (eg) or you can program to the metal with ease.

800px-Freescale_FRDM-KL25Z_board_with_KL25Z128VLK_(ARM_Cortex-M0+_MCU)

Secondly, Linaro Connect Asia 2014 starts very early tomorrow morning (around 2am UTC, or about 7 hours from now). It looks like it will be streamed as Google Hangouts, and available on YouTube shortly after. There are interesting talks on virtualization, big.LITTLE scheduling and ARMv8 and Red Hat’s own Jon Masters is giving a keynote.

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Fedora 21 has a working OCaml ARM64

Update: Thanks to Peter Robinson, there is now a build of OCaml for aarch64 in the Fedora repository.

I have backported the upstream ARM64 support into Fedora 21’s OCaml, so you can now use it to generate native ARM64/AArch64 binaries. If you don’t have hardware, use qemu to emulate it instead.

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