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SubjectRe: Is 386 processor still supported?
> > Hmm. Where in Kconfig is SMP for M386 not allowed?
>
> Dunno, kconfig is too much of a jungle for a simple person like me ;-)
>
> But afaik i386 (and possibly i486) don't support nearly enough for a
> modern SMP system.
>
> Alan used to have i486-smp I think, one of the very few ever made.

The first systems that supported the Intel MP standard are 486 based with
external APIC. The prior systems used various proprietary MP interfaces
from the simple stuff in the Compaq (which Linux doesn't support as
Compaq refused to allow Thomas Radke to contribute it) to the fairly
extreme end of things with the Sequent boxes.

In addition our FPU emulation and some of our handling for x86 processors
where we have to do the WP bit in software is also not SMP safe.

So our minimal spec for SMP is probably 486DX + external Intel APIC.

In practice I doubt there is a single Intel APIC type 486 SMP box on the
planet running Linux (or quite possibly running at all)

Alan


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