Re: hardware random number generator?

From: Matthew Wilcox <>
Date: 2004-03-23 14:04:39
On Mon, Mar 22, 2004 at 09:00:14PM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> >config HW_RANDOM
> >        tristate "Intel/AMD/VIA HW Random Number Generator support"
> >        depends on (X86 || IA64) && PCI
> >        ---help---
> >          This driver provides kernel-side support for the Random Number
> >          Generator hardware found on Intel i8xx-based motherboards,
> >          AMD 76x-based motherboards, and Via Nehemiah CPUs.
> >
> >Why IA64 too?  This file contains the code:
> No idea.  <guessing>  There are some Intel ICH-based motherboards w/ 
> IA64 chips on them, maybe?  I certainly don't recall adding that IA64 
> marker... :)

Heh.  ICH is x86-only, as far as I know.  Intel did the 460GX chipset
for Merced and now have the E8870 chipset for McKinley/Madison.  Anyone
familiar with the Intel chipsets want to comment about the presence or
absence of a RNG?

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