sth about SRAT in LinuxBIOS, I have put SRAT dynamically support in
LinuxBIOS, but the whole acpi support still need dsdt, current we only have
dsdt for AMD chipset in LB. And we can not have the access the dsdt asl from
Nvidia chipset yet...
On 11/23/05, Ronald G Minnich <rminnich(a)lanl.gov> wrote:
Andi Kleen wrote:
Please note there is a high barrier of entry for
any kind of BIOS
in particular for LinuxBIOS i'm not very
motivated because you guys can
just fix the BIOS.
Hi Andi, just wanted to let you know, that I do agree that this is a
good policy in general. In terms of LinuxBIOS, now that we're starting
to approach 2M nodes out in the field, fixing it is geting a wee bit
harder. Again, I'm not disagreeing with the point above, just mentioning
that "just fix the BIOS" is not as easy as it was when we had all the
LinuxBIOS nodes in the world -- all 13 of them -- in my lab :-)
This APIC lifting thing has been a real mess, and IIRC what really
pushed it originally was the island aruma, with its 32 PCI busses. It's
amazing how PC architectures always seem to involve over-running
bit-fields -- 4 bits, 6 bits, 8 bits, 10 bits, whatever.
Getting it all to work has involved lots of backtracking, as we found
that fixing this problem HERE broke that legacy system THERE -- where
legacy seems to mean "more than 3 weeks old". The mail traffic on the
linuxbios list on this issue has been interesting, and in some cases,
more than I can keep up with. Part of the issue is that we all have
mutually exclusive hardware, and we keep running into hardware
limitations that don't seem to be known to even the guys who make the
chips. So we think we have the permanent fix, and somebody pops up to
report we just broke their mainboard -- and they're the only ones with
that mainboard, so testing is hard.
At the same time, we seem to be treading in territory where the fuctory
BIOSes have not yet been. We're in the weird position, at times, of
finding things out before the proprietary BIOSes get there.
Sometimes the ease of updating the BIOS can cause troubles you don't
expect. Fuctory BIOSes seem to count on infrequent updates, forked code
bases, and so on, so that you have to update each mainboard source base
individually -- they have the disadvantage of a forked code base, but
the one advantage is that a mod to fix one platform won't ever break
At some point I had understood that linux was going to be able to
function without resorting to SRAT tables -- has that changed? Is this
patch really intrusive enough that it is not acceptable? The issue is
that we get LinuxBIOS right on a platform, and then some new rev of the
CPU comes along, and LinuxBIOS gets updated in a way that is not
obviously going to cause trouble for the older stuff -- but then it
does, for some other reason. I am hoping this apic lifting will settle
down in the next while, but it's been hard.
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