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SubjectRe: [BUG? -rc7] SMP: Just one CPU activated: P4 3GHz HT
Il Mon, Apr 23, 2007 at 10:11:52AM +0200, Miguel Ojeda ha scritto: 
> On 4/22/07, Luca Tettamanti <kronos.it@gmail.com> wrote:
> >Probably the two siblings are enumerated only in ACPI tables. If you
> >disable ACPI the kernel won't be aware of the second "core".
> >
> >Luca
> >--
> >"Su cio` di cui non si puo` parlare e` bene tacere".
> > Ludwig Wittgenstein
> >
>
> On 4/23/07, Robert Hancock <hancockr@shaw.ca> wrote:
> >
> >You didn't enable ACPI, it's needed for almost all systems to detect HT
> >and also for many systems to detect multi-cores as well.
> >
> >Aside from that, in general I would say that on any modern x86 system
> >ACPI should always be enabled. In many cases it seems the BIOS code is
> >not tested much without ACPI anymore, so going without ACPI can be
> >problematic.
> >
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> >
>
> Thanks all of you. It seems the problem is ACPI, however, should not
> it be noted in some way? Maybe at Documentation/smp.txt, maybe at the
> help section at CONFIG_SMP, maybe a "depends on ..."
>
> Or maybe CONFIG_SMP should enable some bits of the ACPI code needed to
> detect such additional cores.

"depends on" is too strong. There exists architecture without ACPI but
with SMP support; even in the x86 world a number of systems still
support both MPS and ACPI.

Mentioning it in the help text should be enough. Roman, are you in
charge for the KConfig files?

---
SMP support in modern systems often relies on ACPI being active; add a
couple of lines in the help text for CONFIG_SMP
Signed-Off-By: Luca Tettamanti <kronos.it@gmail.com>
---
arch/i386/Kconfig | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
diff --git a/arch/i386/Kconfig b/arch/i386/Kconfig
index 53d6237..48ef899 100644
--- a/arch/i386/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/i386/Kconfig
@@ -111,6 +111,9 @@ config SMP
Y to "Enhanced Real Time Clock Support", below. The "Advanced Power
Management" code will be disabled if you say Y here.

+ Note that ACPI is often required to support newer multi-core CPUs
+ and HT on Intel P4 processors.
+
See also the <file:Documentation/smp.txt>,
<file:Documentation/i386/IO-APIC.txt>,
<file:Documentation/nmi_watchdog.txt> and the SMP-HOWTO available at



Luca
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