Simics has a long history of university usage. Simics grew out of research at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SiCS, which is part of the root of the name of Simics), and some universities started using Simics even before version 1.0 was out! When I joined the company in 2002 (it was Virtutech at the time), Simics had a strong presence in the academic sector. Today, Simics licenses are available for free to qualified academia through the Wind River University program (http://www.windriver.com/universities/). The value of a virtual platform is not been lost on the smart people working in universities across the globe, and we see a constant pull of Simics into many different application areas.