Re: [PATCH] x86, microcode, Fix long microcode load time whenfirmware file is missing [v2]

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Mon Oct 28 2013 - 11:23:32 EST

On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 01:06:56PM -0200, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> AMD can get away with a half-done implementation of negative caching
> (or an "optimised one" depending on your PoV :) ) because they have
> per-family firmware files, so even mixed-stepping systems will require
> only the same file. This is *not* true for Intel, which is really
> annoying.

Not per family but per-a-couple-of-families and starting with F15h we
did a separate container because of some obscure reason we had to dance
around at the time.

But per-family is enough because I hardly doubt any x86 vendor
would do mixed-setups of CPUs from different families. It is called
mixed-steppings for a reason: you can mix the same family and model CPUs
but with different steppings. And I think AMD had a K8 system which
sported that.

Mixing different families (and models for that matter) would be pretty
PITA and you're better off simply buying a bunch of identical CPUs :-)


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