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From: Mikael Pettersson <>
Subject: Re: APIC support on Slot-A Athlon, K6
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 18:07:11 +0100 (MET)	[thread overview]
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On Mon, 8 Dec 2003 05:58:59 -0600, Ryan Underwood wrote:
>> Furthermore, I/O-APIC usage requires (in hardware) that the
>> processor has a local APIC.
>What can the APIC support alone accomplish, without an I/O-APIC?
>Just NMI watchdog and related things? (looking at CONFIG_APIC help)
>Looks like I/O-APIC is the real desired feature, but a functioning local
>APIC, though not very useful by itself, is a prerequisite for it.

Local APIC gives you:
- using the local APIC timer instead of the mobo's legacy timer
- thermal management interrupts on P4s (dunno about K7s/K8s)
- performance counter interrupts, which can be used as an NMI
  source (watchdog, profiling) or for performance analysis

I/O-APIC gives you:
- more interrupt vectors ==> less IRQ sharing ==> improved
  stability and performance
- lower-overhead interrupt management
- I/O-APIC NMI watchdog (another timer with NMI delivery mode)

             reply	other threads:[~2003-12-08 17:07 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2003-12-08 17:07 Mikael Pettersson [this message]
2003-12-09  5:03 ` APIC support on Slot-A Athlon, K6 [PATCH] Ryan Underwood
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2003-12-08 11:58 ` APIC support on Slot-A Athlon, K6 Ryan Underwood
2003-12-08 12:06   ` William Lee Irwin III
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2003-12-08 10:44 Mikael Pettersson
2003-12-08  8:48 Ryan Underwood

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