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Booting Linux on the UNISIM Virtex 5 FXT Simulator

1. Requirements

The tutorial requires the UNISIM Virtex 5 FXT Simulator: to get the simulator source code, please visit the download page. Follow the building instructions in file INSTALL.

2. Get a previously built Linux distribution for the simulator

Download a previously built Linux distribution: unisim-virtex5fxt-linux-distro-bin-v5.tar.gz

3. Start the simulator

$ cd unisim-virtex5fxt-linux-distro-bin-v5
$ unisim-virtex5fxt-wfpu-1.0beta12 -c config/sim_config.xml

4. In another terminal, connect a telnet client to the simulator

$ telnet localhost 1234

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Virtual Platforms



We would like to thank Digiteo that supported us in making the UNISIM virtual platforms available to the community.


We presented a poster at the poster sessions of the HiPEAC'12 conference, January 23-25, 2012, Paris, France. The HiPEAC conference provides a forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers, and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems. The conference aims at the dissemination of advanced scientific knowledge and the promotion of international contacts among scientists from academia and industry.

On-going evaluation

A UNISIM virtual platform of a Xilinx Virtex-5 FXT is being evaluated by project partners in the context of OPEES (Open Platform for the Engineering of Embedded Systems), a European project that aims to ensure long-term availability of critical / embedded systems engineering technologies to secure industry competitiveness and development.