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+Currently, kvm module is in EXPERIMENTAL stage on IA64. This means that
+interfaces are not stable enough to use. So, please don't run critical
+applications in virtual machine.
+We will try our best to improve it in future versions!
+ Guide: How to boot up guests on kvm/ia64
+This guide is to describe how to enable kvm support for IA-64 systems.
+1. Get the kvm source from git.kernel.org.
+ Userspace source:
+ git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/virt/kvm/kvm-userspace.git
+ Kernel Source:
+ git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/xiantao/kvm-ia64.git
+2. Compile the source code.
+ 2.1 Compile userspace code:
+ (1)cd ./kvm-userspace
+ (3)cd kernel
+ (4)make sync LINUX= $kernel_dir (kernel_dir is the directory of kernel source.)
+ (5)cd ..
+ (6)make qemu
+ (7)cd qemu; make install
+ 2.2 Compile kernel source code:
+ (1) cd ./$kernel_dir
+ (2) Make menuconfig
+ (3) Enter into virtualization option, and choose kvm.
+ (4) make
+ (5) Once (4) done, make modules_install
+ (6) Make initrd, and use new kernel to reboot up host machine.
+ (7) Once (6) done, cd $kernel_dir/arch/ia64/kvm
+ (8) insmod kvm.ko; insmod kvm-intel.ko
+Note: For step 2, please make sure that host page size == TARGET_PAGE_SIZE of qemu, otherwise, may fail.
+3. Get Guest Firmware named as Flash.fd, and put it under right place:
+ (1) If you have the guest firmware (binary) released by Intel Corp for Xen, use it directly.
+ (2) If you have no firmware at hand, Please download its source from
+ hg clone http://xenbits.xensource.com/ext/efi-vfirmware.hg
+ you can get the firmware's binary in the directory of efi-vfirmware.hg/binaries.
+ (3) Rename the firmware you owned to Flash.fd, and copy it to /usr/local/share/qemu
+4. Boot up Linux or Windows guests:
+ 4.1 Create or install a image for guest boot. If you have xen experience, it should be easy.
+ 4.2 Boot up guests use the following command.
+ /usr/local/bin/qemu-system-ia64 -smp xx -m 512 -hda $your_image
+ (xx is the number of virtual processors for the guest, now the maximum value is 4)
+5. Known possible issue on some platforms with old Firmware.
+In the event of strange host crash issues, try to solve it through either of the following ways:
+(1): Upgrade your Firmware to the latest one.
+(2): Applying the below patch to kernel source.
+diff --git a/arch/ia64/kernel/pal.S b/arch/ia64/kernel/pal.S
+index 0b53344..f02b0f7 100644
+@@ -84,7 +84,8 @@ GLOBAL_ENTRY(ia64_pal_call_static)
+ mov ar.pfs = loc1
+ mov rp = loc0
+- srlz.d // serialize restoration of psr.l
++ srlz.i // serialize restoration of psr.l
+ br.ret.sptk.many b0
+6. Bug report:
+ If you found any issues when use kvm/ia64, Please post the bug info to kvm-ia64-devel mailing list.
+Thanks for your interest! Let's work together, and make kvm/ia64 stronger and stronger!
+ Xiantao Zhang <email@example.com>