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Xvisor release 0.1.xx
These are the release notes for Xvisor version 0.1. Please read them
carefully, as they tell you what this is all about, explain how to
build and use the hypervisor, and what to do if something goes wrong.
The term Xvisor can stand for: "eXtensible Versatile hypervISOR".
Xvisor aims towards providing an open source virtualization solution,
which is light-weight, portable, and flexible. It tries to ensure
small memory foot print and less virtualization overhead in every
functionality. Open source projects such as: Linux, NetBSD, FreeBSD,
and QEMU have made a great impact in Xvisor design & development.
Xvisor has most of the features expected from a modern fully-fledged
hypervisor, such as:
- Tree based configuration
- Tickless and high resolution timekeeping
- Wall-clock for tracking real-time
- Threading framework
- Host device driver framework
- CPU virtualization
- Address space virtualization
- IO device emulation framework
- Pass through hardware access
- Dynamic guest creation/destruction
- Serial port virtualization
- Managment terminal
It is distributed under the GNU General Public License - see the
accompanying COPYING file for more details.
Xvisor is a highly portable source code. In fact, its development was
initiated in 2 different architectures (ARM and MIPS) simultaneously,
to ensure flexiblity and portablity from the begining itself. It is
easily portable to most general-purpose 32- or 64-bit architectures as
long as they have a paged memory management unit (PMMU) and a port of
the GNU C compiler (gcc) (part of The GNU Compiler Collection, GCC).
Please refer to the HOSTS text file in top-level directory of source code
for a detailed and formatted list of supported host hardware.
For Xvisor we prefer source level documentation more, so wherever possible
we describe stuff directly in the source code. This helps us maintain source
and its documentation at the same place. For source level documentation we
strictly follow Doxygen style. Please refer Doxygen manual for details.
(Doxygen manual:
In addition, we also have various README files in the docs/ subdirectory.
Please refer docs/00-INDEX for a list of what is contained in each file or
When compiling/configuring hypervisor all output files will by default be
stored in a directory called "build" in hypervisor source directory. Using
the option "make O=<output_dir>" allow you to specify an alternate place
for the output files (including .config).
NOTE: If the 'O=<output_dir>' option is to be used then it must be used for
all invocations of make.
Do not skip this step even if you are only upgrading one minor
version. New configuration options are added in each release, and
odd problems will turn up if the configuration files are not set up
as expected. If you want to carry your existing configuration to a
new version with minimal work, use "make oldconfig", which will
only ask you for the answers to new questions.
To configure hypervisor use one the following command:
"make <configuration_command>"
"make O=<output_dir> <configuration_command>"
Various configuration commands (<configuration_command>) are:
"config" Plain text interface.
"menuconfig" Text based color menus, radiolists & dialogs.
"oldconfig" Default all questions based on the contents of
your existing ./.config file and asking about
new config symbols.
"defconfig" Create a ./.config file by using the default
values from arch/$ARCH/board/$BOARD/defconfig.
For configuration Xvisor uses Openconf, which is a modified version of
Linux Kconfig. The motivation behing Openconf is to get Xvisor specific
information from environment variables, and to later extend the syntax of
Kconfig to check for dependent libraries & tools at configuration time.
For information on Openconf syntax read: tools/openconf/openconf_syntax.txt
Make sure you have at least gcc 4.x available.
To compile hypervisor use one the following command:
"make O=<output_dir>"
Verbose compile/build output:
Normally the hypervisor build system runs in a fairly quiet mode
(but not totally silent). However, sometimes you or other hypervisor
developers need to see compile, link, or other commands exactly as
they are executed. For this, use "verbose" build mode. This is done
by inserting "VERBOSE=y" in the "make" command.
E.g.: "make VERBOSE=y"
The above steps of configuring and/or compiling are common steps for any
architecture but, this is not sufficient for running hypervisor. We also
need guidelines for configuring/compiling/running a guest OS in hypervisor
environment. Some guest OS may even expect specific type of hypervisor
configuration at compile time. Sometimes we may also need to patch a
guest OS for proper functioning under hypervisor environment.
The guidelines required for running a guest OS on a particular type of
guest (Guest CPU + Guest Board) can be found under directory:
tests/<Guest CPU>/<Guest Board>/README
Please refer to this README for getting detailed information on running a
particular type of OS on particular type of guest in hypervisor.
Its all JUST FOR FUN....
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