Virtualization

Versal ACAP Technical Reference Manual (AM011)

Document ID
AM011
Release Date
2022-04-26
Revision
1.4 English

Virtualization allows multiple software stacks to run simultaneously on the same processor, which enhances the productivity of the Versal ACAP. The role of virtualization varies from system to system. For some designs, virtualization allows the processor to be kept fully loaded at all times, saving power and maximizing performance. For others, virtualization provides a way to partition the various software stacks for isolation or redundancy.

Note: The support for virtualization applies only to an implementation that includes Arm exception level-2 (EL2). Armv8 supports the virtualization extension to achieve full virtualization with performance comparable to that of the native guest operating system.

The hardware provides virtualization features to support multiple virtual machines running on the APU.