Ariel - simulate real applications in SST


SST simulator is an event based simulator. To simulate real applications, we need to use externel module (PIN tool) to convert the instructions to a set of SST events. This work is doen by the Ariel component.

Ariel is a processor core emulation component which dynamically streams instructions from a running application (via a UNIX-pipe based connection to a PIN-tool based profiling session).

The current version (7.0.7) of Ariel only support pin-2.14. Because of the ABI compatibility issue, I am not able to run it in Ubuntu 16.04. The only solution I find is to install Ubuntu 14.04 instead.

Download Pin Tool

After the installation of Ubuntu 14.04, download the pin tool:

tar xf pin-2.14-71313-gcc.4.4.7-linux.tar.gz
mv pin-2.14-71313-gcc.4.4.7-linux ~/local

Configure sst elements

./configure --prefix=$SST_ELEMENTS_HOME --with-sst-core=$SST_CORE_HOME --with-pin=$HOME/local/pin-2.14-71313-gcc.4.4.7-linux

Then make and install.

Downgrade Linux Kernel

I find the latest Ubuntu 14.04 use Linux Kernel 4.4. This version is not supported by PIN-tool.

To install 3.16 Kernel, use this command:

sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic-lts-utopic

To remove 4.4 Kernel (you can also keep it if you like), use this command:

sudo apt-get remove linux-headers-4.4* linux-image-4.4* linux-image-extra-4.4*