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Subject[PATCH] x86_64: Make NR_IRQS configurable in Kconfig

Currrently on a SMP system we can theoretically support
NR_CPUS*224 irqs. Unfortunately our data structures
don't cope will with that many irqs, nor does hardware
typically provide that many irq sources.

With the number of cores starting to follow Moores
law, and the apicid limits being raised beyond an 8bit
number trying to track our current maximum with our
current data structures would be fatal and wasteful.

So this patch decouples the number of irqs we support
from the number of cpus. We can revisit this decision
once someone reworks the current data structures.

Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman <>
arch/x86_64/Kconfig | 13 +++++++++++++
include/asm-x86_64/irq.h | 3 ++-
2 files changed, 15 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
diff --git a/arch/x86_64/Kconfig b/arch/x86_64/Kconfig
index 7598d99..d744e5b 100644
--- a/arch/x86_64/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/x86_64/Kconfig
@@ -384,6 +384,19 @@ config NR_CPUS
This is purely to save memory - each supported CPU requires
memory in the static kernel configuration.

+config NR_IRQS
+ int "Maximum number of IRQs (224-4096)"
+ range 256 4096
+ depends on SMP
+ default "4096"
+ help
+ This allows you to specify the maximum number of IRQs which this
+ kernel will support. Current maximum is 4096 IRQs as that
+ is slightly larger than has observed in the field.
+ This is purely to save memory - each supported IRQ requires
+ memory in the static kernel configuration.
bool "Support for hot-pluggable CPUs (EXPERIMENTAL)"
diff --git a/include/asm-x86_64/irq.h b/include/asm-x86_64/irq.h
index 5006c6e..34b264a 100644
--- a/include/asm-x86_64/irq.h
+++ b/include/asm-x86_64/irq.h
@@ -31,7 +31,8 @@ #define NR_VECTORS 256

#define FIRST_SYSTEM_VECTOR 0xef /* duplicated in hw_irq.h */

-#define NR_IRQS (NR_VECTORS + (32 *NR_CPUS))
+/* We can use at most NR_CPUS*224 irqs at one time */

static __inline__ int irq_canonicalize(int irq)
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