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    Subject[PATCH 44/47] PCI: enable driver multi-threaded probe
    From: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

    This provides a build and run-time option to turn on multhreaded probe
    for all PCI drivers. It can cause bad problems on multi-processor
    machines that take a while to find their root disks, and play havoc on
    machines that don't use persistant device names for block or network

    But it can cause speedups on some machines, my tiny laptop's boot goes
    up by 0.4 seconds, and my desktop boots up several seconds faster.

    Use at your own risk!!!

    Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
    drivers/pci/Kconfig | 25 +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    drivers/pci/pci-driver.c | 11 +++++++++++
    2 files changed, 36 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

    diff --git a/drivers/pci/Kconfig b/drivers/pci/Kconfig
    index 4d762fc..c27e782 100644
    --- a/drivers/pci/Kconfig
    +++ b/drivers/pci/Kconfig
    @@ -17,6 +17,31 @@ config PCI_MSI

    If you don't know what to do here, say N.

    + bool "PCI Multi-threaded probe (EXPERIMENTAL)"
    + depends on PCI && EXPERIMENTAL
    + help
    + Say Y here if you want the PCI core to spawn a new thread for
    + every PCI device that is probed. This can cause a huge
    + speedup in boot times on multiprocessor machines, and even a
    + smaller speedup on single processor machines.
    + But it can also cause lots of bad things to happen. A number
    + of PCI drivers can not properly handle running in this way,
    + some will just not work properly at all, while others might
    + decide to blow up power supplies with a huge load all at once,
    + so use this option at your own risk.
    + It is very unwise to use this option if you are not using a
    + boot process that can handle devices being created in any
    + order. A program that can create persistant block and network
    + device names (like udev) is a good idea if you wish to use
    + this option.
    + Again, use this option at your own risk, you have been warned!
    + When in doubt, say N.
    config PCI_DEBUG
    bool "PCI Debugging"
    depends on PCI && DEBUG_KERNEL
    diff --git a/drivers/pci/pci-driver.c b/drivers/pci/pci-driver.c
    index 8948ac9..d8ace1f 100644
    --- a/drivers/pci/pci-driver.c
    +++ b/drivers/pci/pci-driver.c
    @@ -17,6 +17,16 @@ #include "pci.h"
    * Registration of PCI drivers and handling of hot-pluggable devices.

    +/* multithreaded probe logic */
    +static int pci_multithread_probe =
    + 1;
    + 0;
    +__module_param_call("", pci_multithread_probe, param_set_bool, param_get_bool, &pci_multithread_probe, 0644);
    * Dynamic device IDs are disabled for !CONFIG_HOTPLUG
    @@ -408,6 +418,7 @@ int __pci_register_driver(struct pci_dri
    drv->driver.bus = &pci_bus_type;
    drv->driver.owner = owner;
    drv->driver.kobj.ktype = &pci_driver_kobj_type;
    + drv->driver.multithread_probe = pci_multithread_probe;

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