2   Simics/Fiesta Overview

2.1   Introduction

Simics/Fiesta models the Sun Blade 1500 workstation, also called Taco, with an UltraSPARC-IIIi processor. The other workstation based on the Fiesta architecture, Sun Blade 2500 (Enchilada), is not supported in Simics. Taco supports a single processor and up to 8GB of memory. The Fiesta system is build around the Tomatillo host-to-PCI bridge, and the ALi MD1535D+ south bridge with several on-board devices, such as IDE harddisks and an ATAPI CD-ROM.

Virtutech does not provide any disk images with Solaris for Fiesta, due to licensing issues. However, scripts are included for installing Solaris 8, 9 or 10 on the virtual machine. Installing Solaris is described in chapter 6.1.

2.2   Supported Hardware

A Taco workstation has several on-board devices on the mother board as well as five empty PCI slots. Not all devices are currently supported in Simics, a full list can be found in chapter 7, Limitations.

On-board Devices
Tomatillo Host-to-PCI bridge
MD1535D+ South Bridge
Two IDE controllers
Two serial ports(NS16550)

Supported PCI Devices
'ce'Gb Ethernet controller(Cassini+)
'bge'Gb Ethernet controller(BCM5703C)
'bge'Dual Gb Ethernet controller(BCM5704C)
'hme'Ethernet controller(Cheerio)
'isp'SCSI controller(ISP1040)
'pgx64'24-Bit Frame Buffer(pgx64)
'qlc'Fibre-Channel controller(ISP2200)
PCI-to-PCI bridge(i21152)

A good guide to the Sun Enterprise servers and what boards and devices that are supported can be found in the "Sun System Handbook", available online at:

Note: The Simics/Fiesta model does not currently support a keyboard or mouse, and thus the pgx64 card cannot be used to create an interactive X session. It can be used as a passive display by starting an X server in no mouse and no keyboard mode.