Development tree for Cortex-A15?

Marc Zyngier marc.zyngier at
Tue May 8 06:52:15 EDT 2012

On 08/05/12 11:13, Jemma Jones wrote:
>> Subject: Re: Development tree for Cortex-A15?
>>>  Any chance you can send me a .config file that works on the kernel in
>> this
>>>  branch which runs on your A15x1 FastModel?
>> Coming in a private email.
> I didn't seem to get anything?

As far as I'm concerned, it was delivered:

2012-05-05 13:09:33 1SQcrl-0006uI-OX <= maz at U=www-data P=local S=59827 id=7da4dd4bd4f768d907094ce4919bfffe at localhost
2012-05-05 13:09:34 1SQcrl-0006uI-OX => jemmajones81 at R=dnslookup T=remote_smtp []
2012-05-05 13:09:34 1SQcrl-0006uI-OX Completed

I'll resend it again, but you may want to check your spam folder.

>>>  I'm using the boot-wrapper from
>>>;a=summary in
>>>  semi hosting mode.
>>>  I managed to boot Android from that but I don't seem to be able to boot
>>>  your kernel. It just stops after the boot-wrapper says loading uImage.
>> Which dts file are you using?
> I don't quite understand yet how the DT stuff is used. When I build the DTB files then I get vexpress-v2p-ca15-tc1.dtb in my arch/arm/boot directory. I assume that one is used then for my kernel image?
> My .config has all the DT stuff enabled I think:
> Or is that not correct?

First, you want to forget about anything TC1 related, it isn't what you need for the Fast Model.

Step by step instructions:
- Grab Paweł's DTS tree: git://
- Build your zImage
- From your kernel tree, run:
  ./script/dtc/dtc -O dtb -o rtsm_ve-cortex_a15x2.dtb wherever_your_arm-dts_tree_is/fast_models/rtsm_ve-cortex_a15x2.dts
- cat rtsm_ve-cortex_a15x2.dtb >>arch/arm/boot/zImage
- Build your uImage if that's what you're using.
- Build your boot-wrapper as usual.

That should get you going.

> I have now updated to you latest kvm-arm-3.4 branch.

That's very brave of you... ;-)

> But the kernel still does not boot up properly, or at least I don't seem to get any output. It just goes "Uncompressing Linux... done." and then does nothing.
> I'm using the FastModel Cortex-A15x2 simulation.

Let me know if it gets better with the above. Or not.

Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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