PPC64 Linux on Intel

QEMU on Windows will run ppc64 and ppc64le emulation.
It emulates the same as what PowerKVM on an S812L would provide.
It’s kind of slow because there is no KVM module, AND Intel vs PPC,
AND emulator mode is single-core/proc/thread.

You can get Windows installer here:

You really want ANSI/VT100 escape codes on you “cmd.exe” also:

To build a blank disk:
qemu-img create -f qcow2 qemu-disk-ppc64.img 32G

You can boot with this:
qemu-system-ppc64 -M type=pseries -m 1G,slots=4,maxmem=8G

  -cpu POWER8E -smp 1 -vga none -nographic 
  -netdev user,id=net0 -device spapr-vlan,netdev=net0 
  -device spapr-vscsi -device scsi-hd,drive=drive0 
  -drive id=drive0,if=none,file=qemu-disk-ppc64.img
  -cdrom D:\Downloads\debian-testing-ppc64el-DVD-1.iso

The QEMU part is all one line. The cdrom image is up to you. I like Debian.

Other Notes:
Any issues with cursor keys, use ctrl-i for TAB, ctrl-n and ctrl-p for next/previous.

Emulation mode is flaky with more than one core.

There is a QEMU AIX build on PERZL.ORG which would be faster, especially for ppc64 BigEndian.

PowerKVM is just PPC Linux, QEMU, KVM, and LIBVIRT. KVM is just a kernel module for spee-dup. LIMVIRT is just a GUI and CLI tool to build VM definitions. QEMU is the emulator. Works best on POWER8, with hypervisor disabled (OPAL mode).

QEMU still does not have enough RTAS and NVRAM to boot AIX. AIX hangs during “Starting AIX”, and Diags just says it’s an unsupported machine type. There is a little bit of dev for this, but not much.​