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DIFTOW
November 14th, 2010, 01:41 PM
Are there any virtual machine setups that can emulate the hardware requirements to run SGI IRIX 4.1 or higher? The CPU has to be MIPS.

scu-ba-de-buntu
June 24th, 2011, 09:37 PM
Did you ever figure this out? I too want to know. Thanks.

also, please move this thread to the Virtualization topics folder please.

eeperson
June 24th, 2011, 10:01 PM
I recommend looking at the software on this page:

http://www.linux-mips.org/wiki/Emulators

scu-ba-de-buntu
June 25th, 2011, 08:05 PM
I recommend looking at the software on this page:

http://www.linux-mips.org/wiki/Emulators

Thanks. Would you recommend any of those in particular? My research peer uses one binary which has long lost the source that runs on an O2 Silicon Graphics computer. I have no interest in maintaining SGI machines.

tgalati4
June 25th, 2011, 11:18 PM
O2's were fast machines in their day. I would normally recommend Xen, but I don't think they have a MIPs port. But the source is available and you could try to cross-compile. http://xen.org/products/xen_source.html

FreeBSD has a MIPs port, so a little googling:

Behive--BSD hypervisor, http://wiki.freebsd.org/201105DevSummit?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=BHyVe.pdf

What was the code that you are trying to run? Perhaps there is a newer replacement?

scu-ba-de-buntu
June 27th, 2011, 05:55 AM
What was the code that you are trying to run? Perhaps there is a newer replacement?

The program is a very simple chemistry program called AtomTV. It was written by some guy in Toronto in the 90s, and our lab's visiting professor wants to use THAT program - not a clone, not a copy. (We already wrote a clone for him) He writes his own quantum simulation code in FORTRAN and then likes to check if it is working correctly using AtomTV. Which is all fine, except it requires us to maintain hardware which consistently fails while at the same time we have near unlimited x86 IBM compatible (STANDARD) hardware that is not only functional but newer, better, faster,stronger,etc.