On Wed, Aug 01, 2001, Nadav Har'El <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> A Linux user in a local Linux club asked me whether Linux support SMP with
> AMD (rather than Intel Pentium) CPUs. She said that a year ago she was told
> Linux 2.2 couldn't, and that she was wondering whether the new Linux 2.4 can.
> I didn't know the answer, so I started digging.
> I tried looking with various search search engines, but found nothing about
> this subject. Looking through the source code, it appears that SMP with AMDs
> *might* be supported, but I couldn't find any comment confirming that. The
> relevant FAQs, READMEs, and so on that I found are all from the 2.2 kernel
> So, does Linux support SMP on AMD CPUs?
Yes. In fact, recent 2.2 kernels (2.2.20 pre patches I believe) and all
2.4 kernels support SMP AMD systems.
> By the way, here's a fragment from the outdated (1999) SMP-HOWTO at
> http://www.phy.duke.edu/brahma/smp-faq/smp-howto-3.html explaining why SMP
> wasn't possible in kernel 2.2 and contemporary AMD processors:
> 1. Can I use my Cyrix/AMD/non-Intel CPU in SMP?
> Short answer: no.
> Long answer: Intel claims ownership to the APIC SMP scheme, and
> unless a company licenses it from Intel they may not use it. There
> are currently no companies that have done so. (This of course can
> change in the future) FYI - Both Cyrix and AMD support the non-
> proprietary OpenPIC SMP standard but currently there are no
> motherboards that use it.
I don't know if this was true to begin with, but I know that SMP AMD
systems use the APIC SMP scheme Intel defined and uses.
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