Linux KVM Virtualization For MIPS Hardware
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 8 June 2013 at 01:19 AM EDT. 1 Comment
Newly published Linux kernel patches provide support for Linux KVM-based hardware virtualization on the MIPS architecture via the MIPS-VZ extensions.

With MIPS Release 5, which was the latest MIPS processor architecture published at the end of 2012, comes a virtualization module. The MIPS Virtualization VZ module is a hardware-based solution for offering virtualization on the growing processor architecture. A half-year later, MIPS VZ is beginning to be exploited with Linux KVM virtualization.

Patches published on Friday implement KVM hardware virtualization with MIPS to the point that it can boot 64-bit SMP guests using the FPU and right now has only been tested on the OCTEN III CPU model.

Those interested in checking out (or testing) the 31 patches providing the MIPS-VZ support for KVM, the kernel work can be found on the LKML.

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