[coreboot] K8 and Fam10 CAR
segher at kernel.crashing.org
Sun Aug 10 23:36:59 CEST 2008
>> Don't APs also need to initialize DRAM? Or can the BSP do this
>> "remotely" ?
> APs should do it.
> I'm getting a supermicro mainboard with 4 sockets and 128 GB memory,
> and I want that done in parallel :-)
In principle, the BSP can initialise multiple memory controllers
in parallel as well. Using multiple processors to do it is quite
hard, esp. since you cannot do "normal" SMP stuff because memory
isn't initialised yet; and you get all the "normal" SMP headaches
as well obviously.
If the memory init needs to access resources that it cannot access
remotely (like, MSRs on x86), you have no choice but to use APs,
of course. This seems to be the case on FAM10h (but not on K8).
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