RD-N2 Cfg3 Platform


RD (Reference Design) is a collection of resources to provide a representative view of typical compute subsystems that can be designed and implemented using specific generations of Arm IP. RD-N2 Cfg3 platform (which is a variant of the the RD-N2 platform) in particular is based on the following hardware configuration.

  • 16xMP1 Neoverse N2 CPUs

  • CMN-700 interconnect (mesh size 10x6)

  • Multiple AXI expansion ports for I/O Coherent PCIe, Ethernet, offload

  • Arm Cortex-M7 for System Control Processor (SCP) and Manageability Control Processor (MCP)

The components integrated into this stack are described in Software Stack section.

Supported Features

RD-N2 Cfg3 platform software stack supports the following features.

Follow the links above for detailed information about the build and execute steps for each of the supported features.

[1] Build and boot supported on AArch64 host machines as well.

Obtaining FVP

The latest version of the RD-N2 Cfg3 fixed virtual platform (FVP) can be downloaded from the Arm Ecosystem FVPs page. On this page,

  • Navigate to “Neoverse Infrastructure FVPs” section.

  • Click on “Neoverse N2 Reference Design FVP” link to obtain the list of available Neoverse RD-N2 Reference Design FVPs.

  • Select a FVP build under the section “Download RD-N2 Cfg3” based on the host machine architecture.

    • For AArch64 host machine, click “Download Linux - Arm Host (DEV)” link.

    • For x86-64 host machine, click “Download Linux” link.

The RD-N2 Cfg3 FVP executable is included in the downloaded installer and named as “FVP_RD_N2_Cfg3”. Follow the instructions of the installer and setup the FVP. The installer, by default, selects the home directory to install the FVP. To opt for different directory than the one selected by the installer, provide an absolute path to that directory when prompted for during the FVP installation process.

Release Tags

Table below lists the release tags for the RD-N2 Cfg3 platform software stack and the corresponding RD-N2 Cfg3 FVP version that is recommended to be used along with the listed release tag. The summary of the changes introduced and tests validated in each release is listed in the release note, the link to which is in the ‘Release Tag’ column in the table below.

Release Tag

RD-N2 Cfg3 FVP Version