Getting started with 'base-hw' on the Muen SK

This is a short tutorial that depicts a handy way to get a Genode image, built with base-hw, started as subject on the Muen Separation Kernel (SK)


For information on how to download, build and prove the Muen SK refer to the project website. In summary: install the Ada/SPARK tool-chain and all required distribution packages. Also ensure that you have installed the Genode tool-chain that is available at:

To automatically download the Muen kernel and integrate it with Genode, issue the following commands:

 cd <genode_dir>
 ./tool/ports/prepare_port muen

The next step is to create a build directory prepared for compiling Genode for Muen. Use the create_builddir tool for this task:

 ./tool/create_builddir muen

You can customize Muen system by changing the –image-muen RUN_OPT parameters in the build.conf file in the build directory under build/etc.

The file contains explanatory comments above each configuration variable, which are all set to their default values.

Muen systems are built for a specific hardware platform and by default the system is built for the Lenovo T430s. All currently supported platforms have a corresponding hardware specification which can be found in the Muen project directory under policy/hardware. Note that the Muen project directory can be found at <genode_dir>/contrib/muen-*/src/kernel/muen.

To get a list of all currently supported hardware platforms issue the following command:

 ls contrib/muen-*/src/kernel/muen/policy/hardware/ | grep -v common

Set the –image-muen-hardware and –image-muen-platform parameters to point to the configuration files of your intended hardware platform. Note that the specified paths for both –image-muen-hardware, –image-muen-platform and –image-muen-system must be either relative to the Muen policy directory (e.g. platform/lenovo-t430s.xml or xml/genode-base_hw_simple.xml) or absolute paths. Also change the other parameters to match your environment.

If no hardware configuration for your specific hardware is available, refer to the README of the mugenhwcfg tool for instructions on how to generate a new configuration.

You can now change to the created build directory and compile a Genode system:

 cd build/muen/
 make run/log

Once the build is done, the Muen system which contains the Genode scenario is available as a Multiboot binary image under var/run/log/image.bin. If an error occurs during the Muen build process check the log file located at kernel/build.log.

Automated hardware deployment

For automated deployment and execution on real hardware, the iPXE and AMT run mechanisms provided by the Genode build system can be used. The modules are controlled by the RUN_OPT variable specified in the etc/build.conf file. An example configuration for executing a Muen/Genode system on a real x86 machine using AMT for resetting the target system and capturing the log output while loading the Muen system image via iPXE:

RUN_OPT += --include power_on/amt
RUN_OPT += --power-on-amt-host
RUN_OPT += --power-on-amt-password 'foo!'
RUN_OPT += --include load/ipxe
RUN_OPT += --load-ipxe-base-dir /srv/www
RUN_OPT += --load-ipxe-boot-dir boot
RUN_OPT += --include log/amt
RUN_OPT += --log-amt-host
RUN_OPT += --log-amt-password 'foo!'

The target machine is expected to request the following iPXE configuration: http://${HOST_URL}/${ipxe-boot-dir}/boot.cfg. This can be achieved by building iPXE with the following embedded script:

 chain http://${HOST_URL}/${ipxe-boot-dir}/boot.cfg

For additional information on iPXE and embedded scripts refer to the iPXE website at

The deployment host must serve the Genode system image via http. In the above example the root directory of the webserver is /srv/www. Note that the webserver must support ranged requests as otherwise iPXE will not load (large) system image files correctly.

Integration of Muen with Genode

Instead of letting the Genode build system compile and assemble the complete Muen system, you can let it only build a specific Genode base-hw run scenario and then do the integration yourself. This will for example allow you to run a simple script like run/log on Muen in the Bochs x86 emulator, removing the requirement for having access to supported hardware.

As a first step acquire the Muen sources by executing the following commands:

 git clone
 cd muen
 git submodule update --init tools/mugenschedcfg
 git submodule update --init components/libxhcidbg
 make SYSTEM=xml/genode-base_hw_simple.xml COMPONENTS="libdebuglog libmutime libxhcidbg dbgserver sm time" emulate

This will build a Muen SK system and start it using the Bochs emulator. You should get the following error:

 mupack: File '<muen_workdir>/pack/../policy/obj/base_hw' referenced by
         physical memory region 'base_hw|bin' not found

This means that the Muen packer tool was unable to find the component binary base_hw, which is expected since it has not yet been compiled.

Now it is time to build the Genode base-hw image for Muen. To tell the Genode build system that the Muen system integration is performed externally by changing the –image-muen-external-build parameter in the etc/build.conf file within your build Genode directory like so:

 RUN_OPT += --image-muen-external-build 1

After this change you can build the Genode base-hw image and export it to the Muen working directory using the following command:

 objcopy -O binary var/run/log/image.elf <muen_workdir>/policy/obj/base_hw

Change back to the Muen working directory to package the system image and restart emulation:

 cd <muen_workdir>
 make SYSTEM=xml/genode-base_hw_simple.xml COMPONENTS="libdebuglog libmutime dbgserver sm time" emulate

The serial output of the system is written to the <muen_workdir>/emulate/serial.out file. You should see the following line:

 [init -> test-log] Test done.

This indicates the successful execution of the Genode run/log scenario as Muen subject on Bochs.