ARMv8 development board with GICv3

Rodney W. Grimes freebsd-rwg at
Wed Jun 13 07:37:20 UTC 2018

> Hello,
> I have been working on porting bhyve to ARMv8 and the hypervisor is
> able to successfully boot a FreeBSD virtual machine on the Foundation
> Emulator provided by ARM.
> I plan to submit the project for review, but before that I need to
> validate the hypervisor on a hardware platform.
> Can anyone be so kind as to recommend a development board for testing?
> The board needs to have an ARMv8 CPU with virtualization extensions
> implemented (Exception Level 2 needs to be available) and a GIC
> version 3 compliant interrupt controller.

I believe the Chromebook SNOW meets the criteria, not exactly a
"board" but I have one on loan from Michael Dexter that was originally
purhased to support ARMv8 bhyve work.

Not sure that it has a version 3 GIC either.  Actually I am thinking
that you have to do the software GIC on this platform.

I have booted various versions of FreeBSD on it, the most annoying
problem is that the built in keyboard goes into continuous autorepeat
as soon as you try to login, but a USB attached keyboard works fine.

> Thank you,
> Alexandru Elisei

Rod Grimes                                                 rgrimes at

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