authors: Hoa Nguyen
last edited: 2022-06-28 22:05:41 +0000

Compiling Workloads

Cross Compilers

A cross compiler is a compiler set up to run on one ISA but generate binaries which run on another. You may need one if you intend to simulate a system which uses a particular ISA, Alpha for instance, but don’t have access to actual Alpha hardware.

There are various sources for cross compilers. The following are some of them.

  1. ARM.
  2. RISC-V.


Alternatively, you can use QEMU and a disk image to run the desired ISA in emulation. To create more recent disk images, see this page. The following is a youtube video of working with image files using qemu on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit.