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9.5   Serial Links

Connecting simulated machines over a simulated serial connection is done by creating a serial-link object that connects to the serial devices in the machines. The link object can be thought of as modeling a serial cable that is plugged in to the connectors on the devices.

The link object models serial communication at the character level in a simplified way. The bandwidth for the connection is configured in the link object, which means that the serial devices do not need to be explicitly configured by software.

New serial-link objects can be added with the new-serial-link command:

simics> new-serial-link
Created serial-link serlink0

The serial devices can then connect to that link instead of connecting to another device:

simics> com0->link = serlink0

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