2   Simics/SunFire Overview

2.1   Introduction

Simics/SunFire models the Sun Enterprise 3500 - 6500 class of servers. A SunFire server can be configured with up to 30 UltraSPARC II processors and 60GB of memory. A variety of SBus and PCI-bus based devices are supported. Both Solaris and Linux are supported as target Operating Systems.

Virtutech does not provide any disk images with Solaris for SunFire, 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

SunFire machines have up to 16 board slots depending on the model. Simics models the largest machine, Sun Enterprise 6500, by default, but this is configurable. Each board slot can hold a CPU, SBus or PCI board.

System Backplane# of BoardsBoard slot numbers
Sun Enterprise 350051, 3, 5, 7, 9
Sun Enterprise 450080 - 7
Sun Enterprise 550080 - 7
Sun Enterprise 6500160 - 15

Supported Boards
CPU2 UltraSPARC II CPUs4GB of memory
SBus3 free SBus slotsOn board 'fas' and 'hme' adapters
PCI2 free PCI slotsOn board 'isp' and 'hme' adapters

Supported SBus Devices
'fas'SCSI controller(FAS366U)
'hme'Ethernet controller(FEPS, Happy Meal)

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)

Other Supported Devices
Sun Type 5 Keyboard
Sun Type 5 Mouse
Serial ports(Z8530)

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: