Question about Opteron UnitID register

David Hendricks sc at
Mon Aug 25 16:47:01 CEST 2003

I know you guys aren't AMD tech support, I was hoping someone could help
me figure this problem out. In section 3.3.8 (page 35) of their BIOS and
Kernel developers guide (
), they have a 32-bit UnitID register. The example given lists the lowest
four bits as follows:
3-2: CPU1 Unit ID
1-2: CPU0 Unit ID

Ok, so you could give CPU1, CPU2, and CPU3 a unique ID with two binary
digits, but I thought we were supposed to be able to have eight (or more?)

Is there something obvious I'm missing? Is the CPU Unit ID the same as the
NodeID, or different? Do these CPU Unit IDs even have to be unique for
each CPU?

I was thinking perhaps the CPU1 Unit ID is used only by a noncoherant
device attached via Hypertransport link to what it thinks is CPU1 to
differentiate the CPU it's attached to from CPU0. If this is true, is it
necessary since the bootstrap processor, CPU0, is the only one with access
to its northbridge and memory controller at this point?

Sorry if all this is complete and utter nonsense, I'm just a very curious

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