Run SOF VirtIO¶
To run SOF in a virtualized environment, we are using an Up^2 board that is natively running Ubuntu Linux. We are using QEMU to run a KVM virtualized Ubuntu instance. This document describes essential steps that are required to run this configuration.
1. Create a VM image¶
We recommend using the “Virtual Machine Manager.” Run it on a separate Linux machine to create a Linux VM image that can be used by QEMU. In this way, the Manager doesn’t have to be installed on the target system, thus leaving that system clean and free from numerous additional packages that the Manager installs with it.
2. Build the Linux kernel¶
You must build kernel images and modules for the host and the guest. Use the
topic/sof-dev branch of the SOF project kernel repository
as usual. Use the
patches to configure the respective kernels.
3. Build QEMU¶
Use the sof-v4.1 branch of the SOF QEMU fork to build QEMU. Use the following flags to configure the QEMU build:
4. Build the SOF firmware¶
Build the SOF firmware
as usual. Two topology images are needed: one for the host and one for the
guest. Both must be installed under the standard directory on the host, where
the SOF topology is usually installed. The required files are
sof-apl-pcm512x-uos.tplg which must be
5. Run QEMU¶
Use the provided
script to run QEMU on the target
system. The guest system should present a duplex audio device, routed to
SSP5 on Up^2.