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Date:	Tue, 10 Nov 2009 13:02:39 +0100
From:	Dmitry Adamushko <dmitry.adamushko@...il.com>
To:	Andreas Herrmann <herrmann.der.user@...glemail.com>
Cc:	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/3] x86, ucode-amd: Load ucode-patches once and not 
	separately fo each CPU

2009/11/10 Andreas Herrmann <herrmann.der.user@...glemail.com>:
> This also implies that corresponding log messages, e.g.
>
>  platform microcode: firmware: requesting amd-ucode/microcode_amd.bin
>
> show up only once on module load and not when ucode is updated for
> each CPU.

I like it.

One remark : should we perhaps provide a means of reloading the cached
firmware? Or is the standard procedure to reload microcode.ko in case
a new firmware file has been installed?

btw., if we could safely assume that all the cpus after the ucode
upgrade share the same version/patch-level of ucode, we would be able
to cache a single ucode instance once and use it for all. I don't
recall anyone clearly stating that such multi-cpu-type systems can't
really exist.

e.g. is it possible to have AMD systems with cpus which differ from
each other not only by their revisions (patch_level)?


-- Dmitry
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