Single zImage and KVM

Rob Herring robherring2 at
Tue Mar 6 19:28:35 UTC 2012

On 03/06/2012 01:23 PM, Michael Hope wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 3:50 AM, Rob Herring <robherring2 at> wrote:
>> On 03/04/2012 04:02 PM, Michael Hope wrote:
>>> I'd like to have one KVM kernel image which is suitable for the real
>>> hardware host and the virtio based guest.  The single zImage plus
>>> Device Tree work seem like a great way to do this.
>>> We're currently using the vexpress-a15 on a Fast Model as the host and
>>> a vexpress-a15 as the guest.  Device Tree support is required to
>>> describe the virtio-mmio devices.  As a bonus, the vexpress-a9 and
>>> vexpress-a15 are the same hardware with a different memory map and can
>>> help demonstrate the Device Tree support.
>> Except LPAE and non-LPAE will be 2 different builds... At least you will
>> be able to run the same non-LPAE kernel build on both.
> Hardware virtualisation requires LPAE and we're planning on LPAE in
> the guest to match.

Good, but both types of guests will be supported I presume.

>>> What are the plans for single zImage?  Where does the vexpress-a15 fit
>>> in with that?  Could I bump it to the front of the list?
>> DT support for vexp A9 is going into 3.4 I believe. Pawel has been
>> working on it and can probably give details on A15 support. A single
>> kernel for these 2 platforms (and A7 as well) is much simpler than
>> getting to a single zImage in general (i.e. omap plus But we'll
>> be a lot closer in 3.4.
> Linus 3.4 or the Landing Team 3.4?  From other emails it seems that
> the work may be more on the packaging side.

Linus 3.4. I don't follow Linaro kernels, but sounds like support is
already there in the kernel at least.

> Where are the Device Trees hosted?

Generally, in the kernel in arch/arm/boot/dts.


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