[LLVMdev] LLVM based Virtual Machine "Environment" idea sanity check.

Shawn "AutoDMC" Boles autodmc at autodmclabs.com
Tue Sep 5 14:15:24 PDT 2006

I've got an idea for a program, and after readig about 1/3 of your 
documentation, I think LLVM is what I'm looking for.

What I'd like now is some help to see if my idea is "sane" and and shed 
light and direction that could be provided.

I want to build a simplified "Virtual Machine" containing:

A Terminal
Hard Drives (image files)
Some Kind Of Networking Device

LLVM programs would be run "inside" this Virtual Machine, accessing the 
terminal and hard drive images and networking device... but not having 
access to ANYTHING on the host computer (except through the "virtual" 

I had originally planned on writing my own "processor core" for this 
project... but I'd rather use LLVM (Mainly because I don't have to write 
my own high level tools).

Here's what I'm thinking I need to do.  It seems to me that I have to 
"port" LLVM using the System Library to my "Virtual Machine" (which also 
includes a bit of magic of the "Exokernel" operating system stuff). 
Then I can run LLVM programs in my "port" on my "environment" to get 
what I want.

Then LLVM can JIT compile programs but still only have access to my 
"Virtual Machine."  I think.

Any pointers on where to read, Ideas to move on... would be much 


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