[OpenBIOS] Progress on Sparc64?

Nick Couchman nick.couchman at seakr.com
Sun Jan 17 23:54:46 CET 2016

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mark Cave-Ayland" <mark.cave-ayland at ilande.co.uk>
> To: "Nick E Couchman" <nick.couchman at seakr.com>, openbios at openbios.org
> Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:42:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [OpenBIOS] Progress on Sparc64?

> On 16/01/16 05:32, Nick Couchman wrote:
>> Wondering if there have been any recent developments getting OpenBIOS + Qemu
>> working for the Sparc64 platform?  I have a couple of legacy applications that
>> require 64-bit Sparc support that would nice to have running on here.  Anything
>> I can do to help debug issues?  I have ISOs for 64-bit Solaris 8, 9, 10, and
>> 11, and am happy to test stuff out.
>> -Nick
> Hi Nick,
> Good to hear from you again! Yes, there's been quite a bit of work done
> over the past couple of years and qemu-system-sparc64 can now boot
> Linux, NetBSD and OpenBSD in -nographic mode. FreeBSD and Solaris are
> still currently a work in progress, although my patchset last month is
> part of a WIP series to getting Solaris kmdb working which should help
> enormously. So yes, despite the limited time available for me to work on
> this, things are still moving on :)
> I hope to be able to post the kmdb patches soon, so keep an eye out on
> the list. There are also some interesting TCG patches on the QEMU list
> which should significantly improve the performance of SPARC emulation in
> the next release.
> ATB,
> Mark.

Sounds promising, thanks for the info.  Again, let me know what output and/or testing I can provide to help things along - while the code-writing isn't necessarily my area of expertise (at this point, anyway), I'm happy to do any debugging that would be helpful and provide the necessary output to locate items that need to be tweaked to get the booting to work.


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