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20060626	Continuing on SPARC emulation (beginning on the 'save'
		instruction, register windows, etc).
20060629	Planning statistics gathering (new -s command line option),
		and renaming speed_tricks to allow_instruction_combinations.
20060630	Some minor manual page updates.
		Various cleanups.
		Implementing the -s command line option.
20060701	FINALLY found the bug which prevented Linux and Ultrix from
		running without the ugly hack in the R2000/R3000 cache isol
		code; it was the phystranslation hint array which was buggy.
		Removing the phystranslation hint code completely, for now.
20060702	Minor dyntrans cleanups; invalidation of physpages now only
		invalidate those parts of a page that have actually been
		translated. (32 parts per page.)
		Some MIPS non-R3000 speed fixes.
		Experimenting with MIPS instruction combination for some
		addiu+bne+sw loops, and sw+sw+sw.
		Adding support (again) for larger-than-4KB pages in MIPS tlbw*.
		Continuing on SPARC emulation: adding load/store instructions.
20060704	Fixing a virtual vs physical page shift bug in the new tlbw*
		implementation. Problem noticed by Jakub Jermar. (Many thanks.)
		Moving rfe and eret to cpu_mips_instr.c, since that is the
		only place that uses them nowadays.
20060705	Removing the BSD license from the "testmachine" include files,
		placing them in the public domain instead; this enables the
		testmachine stuff to be used from projects which are
		incompatible with the BSD license for some reason.
20060707	Adding instruction combinations for the R2000/R3000 L1
		I-cache invalidation code used by NetBSD/pmax 3.0, lui+addiu,
		various branches followed by addiu or nop, and jr ra followed
		by addiu. The time it takes to perform a full NetBSD/pmax R3000
		install on the laptop has dropped from 573 seconds to 539. :-)
20060708	Adding a framebuffer controller device (dev_fbctrl), which so
		far can be used to change the fb resolution during runtime, but
		in the future will also be useful for accelerated block fill/
		copy, and possibly also simplified character output.
		Adding an instruction combination for NetBSD/pmax' strlen.
20060709	Minor fixes: reading raw files in src/file.c wasn't memblock
		aligned, removing buggy multi_sw MIPS instruction combination,
		etc.
20060711	Adding a machine_qemu.c, which contains a "qemu_mips" machine.
		(It mimics QEMU's MIPS machine mode, so that a test kernel
		made for QEMU_MIPS also can run in GXemul... at least to some
		extent.)  Adding a short section about how to run this mode to
		doc/guestoses.html.
20060714	Misc. minor code cleanups.
20060715	Applying a patch which adds getchar() to promemul/yamon.c
		(from Oleksandr Tymoshenko).
		Adding yamon.h from NetBSD, and rewriting yamon.c to use it
		(instead of ugly hardcoded numbers) + some cleanup.
20060716	Found and fixed the bug which broke single-stepping of 64-bit
		programs between 0.4.0 and 0.4.0.1 (caused by too quick
		refactoring and no testing). Hopefully this fix will not
		break too many other things.
20060718	Continuing on the 8253 PIT; it now works with Linux/QEMU_MIPS.
		Re-adding the sw+sw+sw instr comb (the problem was that I had
		ignored endian issues); however, it doesn't seem to give any
		big performance gain.
20060720	Adding a dummy Transputer mode (T414, T800 etc) skeleton (only
		the 'j' and 'ldc' instructions are implemented so far). :-}
20060721	Adding gtreg.h from NetBSD, updating dev_gt.c to use it, plus
		misc. other updates to get Linux 2.6 for evbmips/malta working
		(thanks to Alec Voropay for the details).
		FINALLY found and fixed the bug which made tlbw* for non-R3000
		buggy; it was a reference count problem in the dyntrans core.
20060722	Testing stuff; things seem stable enough for a new release.

==============  RELEASE 0.4.1  ==============


1 Gavare's eXperimental Emulator -- GXemul 0.4.1
2 ==================================================
3
4 Copyright (C) 2003-2006 Anders Gavare.
5
6
7 Overview -- What is GXemul?
8 -----------------------------
9
10 GXemul is an experimental instruction-level machine emulator. Several
11 emulation modes are available. In some modes, processors and surrounding
12 hardware components are emulated well enough to let unmodified operating
13 systems (e.g. NetBSD) run as if they were running on a real machine.
14
15 Processors (ARM, MIPS, PowerPC) are emulated using a kind of dynamic
16 translation system. Performance is somewhere between traditional
17 interpretation and recompilation into native code. However, the dynamic
18 translation system used in GXemul does not (currently) generate native
19 code, and thus does not require platform-specific back-ends. In plain
20 English, this means that the dyntrans system works on any host platform.
21
22 Possible uses of the emulator include:
23
24 o) educational purposes, e.g. to learn how to write code for MIPS
25
26 o) hobby operating system development; the emulator can be used as a
27 complement to testing your code on real hardware
28
29 o) running guest operating systems in a "sandboxed" environment
30
31 o) compiling your source code inside a guest operating system which you
32 otherwise would not have access to (e.g. various exotic ports of
33 NetBSD), to make sure that your source code is portable to those
34 platforms
35
36 o) simulating (ethernet) networks of computers running various
37 operating systems, to study their interaction with each other
38
39 o) debugging code in general
40
41 Use your imagination :-)
42
43
44 GXemul's limitations
45 --------------------
46
47 o) GXemul is not (in general) a cycle-accurate simulator, because it does
48 not simulate things smaller than an instruction. Pipe-line stalls,
49 instruction latency effects etc. are more or less completely ignored.
50
51 o) Hardware devices have been implemented in an ad-hoc and as-needed
52 manner, usually only enough to fool certain guest operating systems
53 (e.g. NetBSD) that the hardware devices exist and function well
54 enough for those guest operating systems to use them.
55
56 A consequence of this is that a machine mode may be implemented well
57 enough to run NetBSD for that machine mode, but other guest operating
58 systems may not run at all, or behave strangely.
59
60
61 Quick start
62 -----------
63
64 To compile, type './configure' and then 'make'. This should work on most
65 Unix-like systems. If it does not, then please mail me a bug report.
66
67 You might want to experiment with various CC and CFLAGS environment
68 variable settings, to get optimum performance.
69
70 If you are impatient, and want to try out running a guest operating system
71 inside GXemul, read this: doc/guestoses.html#netbsdcatsinstall
72
73 If you want to use GXemul for experimenting with code of your own,
74 then I suggest you compile a Hello World program according to the tips
75 listed here: doc/experiments.html#hello
76
77 Please read the rest of the documentation in the doc/ sub-directory for
78 more detailed information on how to use the emulator.
79
80
81 Feedback
82 --------
83
84 If you have found GXemul useful in some way, or feel like sending me
85 comments or feedback in general, then mail me at anders(at)gavare.se.
86

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