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We have held a handful of tutorials on M5 at various conferences. Though the material in these tutorials can be out of date, the tutorial materials present a more organized (and in some cases more in-depth) overview than the wiki documentation. We highly recommend taking a look at the most recent tutorial as a complement to the documentation on the wiki.

The slides and handouts are the same material except that the handouts are formatted with two slides per page.

HiPEAC Computer Systems Week

This tutorial was held in Gothenburg, Sweden in April 2012. It covers gem5 although for information about Ruby you should look at the ISCA 38 tutorial. We recorded video of the tutorial which is available below.


This tutorial, held in June 2011 at ISCA-38, it covered gem5 (the merger between M5 and GEMS). It was extremely well attended with 65 people participating.

  • Slides
  • Podcasts/video coming soon provided there are no technical difficulties


This tutorial, held in March 2008 at ASPLOS XIII in Seattle, covered M5 2.0 and included several small examples on creating SimObjects and adding parameters.

  • Slides
  • Handouts
  • Video
    • Introduction -- A brief overview of M5, its capabilities and concepts
    • Running -- How to compile and run M5
    • Full System -- Full system benchmarks, disk images, and scripts
    • Objects -- An overview of the various object models that are available out of the box
    • Extending -- M5 internals, defining new objects & parameters, statistics, ISA descriptions, ARM & X86 support, future development
    • Debugging -- Facilities in M5 to aid debugging
  • Description


This tutorial, held in June 2006 at ISCA 33 in Boston, was the first one to cover M5 2.0.


Our first tutorial, held in June 2005 at ISCA 32 in Madison, is rather dated as it covered M5 1.X and not 2.0.


Full day tutorial on gem5 at ASPLOS 2017

dist-gem5 at ISCA-44 (Toronto, 2017)

dist-gem5 is a gem5-based simulation infrastructure which enables full-system simulation of a parallel/distributed computer system using multiple simulation hosts.