Installing the ARM v8-A simulator

I have been wanting to experiment with ARM’s new 64-bit architecture for a while and now ARM has released a simulator.

What you have to do is

Download a Linux image from Linaro

mkdir linaro-armv8

cd linaro-armv8/

gunzip vexpress64-openembedded_sdk-armv8_20121125-96.img.gz

Download the ARMv8 Foundation Model (i.e., simulator) from ARM:

Run the simulator

~/linaro-armv8/Foundation_v8pkg/Foundation_v8 –image ~/linaro-armv8/img-foundation.axf –block-device ~/linaro-armv8/vexpress64-openembedded_sdk-armv8_20121125-96.img –network=nat

It will open an X window containing a Linux console - takes 5-10 minutes to boot when I run it in a 64-bit Ubuntu machine running as a virtual machine in my Mac.

Written on December 22, 2012. The opinions expressed are my own views and not my employer's.