12th of January

Started the day by working on cleaning up the runTests script, to remove the old for loop per (test, qemu-version) since testRunN takes that. Granted currently there is almost more lines of comments to lines of actual code so it kind of looks messy still.

Thinking for the future, think I will extend it to support, running comparison tests (well both llvm version and 0.10.6), and then single version, as well as run tests individually. As well as support for a post test action, such as invoking an analysis script.

Some ideas for analysis scripts are:

  1. Instruction Usage – count the number of each instruction used in the input asm
  2. Compare the Instruction Count – compare number of resulting instructions in qemu and qemu with async
  3. Produce Time Plot – produce a graph of the runtime of the tests with the different versions of qemu.

Made a start on the instruction usage script, made a simple finite state machine, with some added improvements to get the lines of code/ duplicated, so can successfully parse a Qemu log file. Next will get it to strip out the instructions mnemonics.

Brad stopped in to the labs for a brief chat, for ideas and to check on the progress. He mentioned that for by the up coming meeting I should have been able to replicate the results from Andrew, and learn about how Qemu instruction cache work and how it is stored, as well as an understanding of how the chaining process work, and raised the question of does it only work on unconditional statements or can it do handle conditional branches.

Instruction Usage

11535 ldr
2912 str
2892 add
2815 cmp
2793 mov
1627 sub
1139 beq
1086 bne
1025 lsl

Ends up the lab machine, that I had my eye on turned out to only have 32-bit edition of Fedora installed, which makes it unsuitable for this project, Brad and Yuval was going to sorting out getting it re-imaged with 64-bit. In the meantime, its still down to using my laptop for now, and it has got me this far already.

Looking over the code, and discussing it with Andrew, who explained over a few of the finer points. The first thing, that sparked me was what was the requirement for the the x86_64 disassembler used for, traced down a use for it in llvm_translate for x86_64_function_size and x86_64_block_disas. Looking over the function_size as Andrew first prompted what it is doing is quite simple and ingenious.

I have the machine, I decided to spare Yuval the time, and decided since I would be using it I would install Fedora 12 on it myself. Once up created, an account, and set-up the proxy. To do this I choose first set-up a proxy server on my laptop which then forwards to the university proxy. The main reason for this is it means my user name and password for the university proxy, is stored on my machine. Then set-up yum and Gnome to use my machine as the proxy. Success, I could then install packages and upgrade the system.

At the same time as setting up the test and development environment for AQ, I setup the Gentoo portage.

	# For /etc/make.conf so it uses the internode mirrors for free traffic at uni
	SYNC="rsync://mirror.internode.on.net/gentoo-portage"
	GENTOO_MIRRORS="http://mirror.internode.on.net/pub/gentoo"

	mkdir /opt/gentoo64
	cd /opt/gentoo64
	wget http://mirror.internode.on.net/pub/gentoo/releases/amd64/current-stage3/stage3-amd64-20091231.tar.bz2
	tar xvfj stage3-amd64-20091231.tar.bz2

	chroot .
	# modify the /etc/make.conf to be correct mirrors
	emerge-webrsync # since this one works with http proxy by default emerge --sync will use rsync so a pain
	emerge -av crossdev layman git subversion lzma-utils
	emerge -av crossdev-wrappers # this on amd64 is masked

	crossdev -t armv7a-softfloat-linux-gnueabi

	Not the guide I used the first time on my laptop but close
	http://www.mohdshakir.net/2006/11/29/building-a-gentoo-and-debian-chroot-environment
	I used the guide on the gentoo website.

qemu-async-llvm Compiling

    # prereq: llvm 2.5
    wget http://llvm.org/releases/2.5/llvm-2.5.tar.gz
    tar xvfz llvm-2.5.tar.gz
    cd llvm-2.5
    ./configure --enable-optimized
    make -j5
    sudo make install

    wget
    tar xvfz udis86-1.7.tar.gz
    cd udis86-1.7
    ./configure
    make
    sudo make install

    # checkout sources and configure/make
    git clone http://git.gitorious.org/qemu-async-llvm/qemu-async-llvm.git
    cd qemu-async-llvm
    ./configure --target-list=arm-linux-user
    make

For future – should only require llvm on x86_64 Linux (that is what its been developed on), two the dependencies for llvm and udis should be checked and able to disable our llvm support.

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