Re: [Lse-tech] CPUSET Proposal

From: David Mosberger <>
Date: 2003-09-25 17:07:03
>>>>> On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 23:57:10 -0700, David Mosberger <> said:
  Bill> x86's architectural limitations are 64x for serial APIC -based
  Bill> machines (e.g. NUMA-Q) and 255x for xAPIC -based machines (no
  Bill> known extant > 32x machines, apparently some kind of
  Bill> non-architectural regression), where the non-power-of-two
  Bill> number of cpus is due to the broadcast ID reserved from an
  Bill> 8-bit interrupt controller ID space. A likely explanation for
  Bill> the current xAPIC limitations is the recommended (publicly
  Bill> documented) physical APIC ID enumeration scheme breaking down
  Bill> for > 32x.

  Bill> Custom interrupt controllers may exceed these limits, but I
  Bill> don't know of any that have actually been made use of to do
  Bill> so. Though it sucks and very, very badly, x86 is not limited
  Bill> to anything like 8x.

  David> I wasn't suggesting that x86 is limited to 8-way, I was
  David> wondering how many > 8-way x86 Linux machines are actually
  David> out there.  I wasn't even being facetious---just curious.

Incidentally, the first "big" SMP machine I had access to was some
sort of Sequent (S81/10?), with ~12 80386 CPUs (yes, that was a long
time ago... ;-).

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