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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86/microcode: Add an option to reload microcode even if revision is unchanged
On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 10:33:22PM -0700, Ashok Raj wrote:
> During microcode development, its often required to test different versions
> of microcode. Intel microcode loader enforces loading only if the revision is
> greater than what is currently loaded on the cpu. Overriding this behavior
> allows us to reuse the same revision during development cycles.
> This facilty also allows us to share debug microcode with development
> partners for getting feedback before microcode release.
>
> Microcode developers should have other ways to check which
> of their internal version is actually loaded. For e.g. checking a
> temporary MSR for instance. In order to reload the same microcode do as
> shown below.
>
> # echo 2 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/microcode/reload
>
> as root.
>
>
> I tested this on top of the parallel ucode load patch
>
> https://lore.kernel.org/r/1566506627-16536-2-git-send-email-mihai.carabas@oracle.com/
>
> v2: [Mihai] Address comments from Boris
> - Support for AMD
> - add taint flag
> - removed global force_ucode_load and parameterized it.

As I've said before, I don't like the churn in this version and how it
turns out. I'll have a look at how to do this cleanly when I get some
free cycles.

--
Regards/Gruss,
Boris.

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