Arm Virtual Hardware


Arm® Virtual Hardware is an accurate representation of a physical System on Chip and runs as a simple application in a Linux environment for easy scalability in the cloud and removes dependency from silicon availability. Powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), developers can launch Amazon Machine Image (AMI) running as a virtual server in the cloud. The Arm Virtual Hardware is configured with the Corstone™-300 MPS3 based Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP), compiler and other tools.

Getting started

To take advantage of Arm Virtual Hardware, you would need to have an AWS account and follow the steps below:

  1. Login to your AWS account.
  2. Go to the AWS Marketplace and search for Arm Virtual Hardware.
  3. Subscribe to the Arm Virtual Hardware Amazon Machine Image.
  4. Launch the AWS instance.

To access the Arm Virtual Hardware AWS instance via ssh, accept the prompt to generate a .pem key while creating the instance or add it later. You can then access the AWS instance over ssh: $ ssh -i <mykey.pem> ubuntu@<ec2-ip-address>. It may be necessary to change the permissions for mykey.pem with $ chmod 400 mykey.pem.

Useful Links

Note that you can register to receive free AWS credits to use Arm Virtual Hardware from here.

You can find more information about Arm Virtual Hardware here.

Once you have access to the AWS instance, we recommend starting from the quick start guide in order to get familiar with the ml-embedded-evaluation-kit. Note that on the AWS instance, the FVPs are available under:

  • /opt/VHT/VHT_Corstone_SSE-300_Ethos-U55
  • /opt/VHT/VHT_Corstone_SSE-300_Ethos-U65
  • /opt/VHT/VHT_Corstone_SSE-310

In order to view the FVP window when launching on the AWS instance a VNC is required. See relevant section here.