Infrastructure Projects/Done

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Port v3 Resource Allocator

The v3 resource allocator should be ported to v4.

Status: Upstream. It's limited to one area for resources, that doesn't overlap with fixed resources.

Developers: Myles

Config & Build System

The current system of generated Makefiles is non-ideal (for too many reasons for this little margin). Fix it, somehow. Use kconfig to improve the configuration management.

Status: Upstream, boards are converted. Old system is gone. All boards build. HOWEVER, not all boards have been boot-tested yet, please report any issues you encounter!

Developers: Stefan, Ron, Patrick, Uwe, Cristi

Unify text printing functions

There are several copies of print_* and printk_* in the code. Unify them so everything is happier than before (because the disjoint features are merged).

Status: Finished.

Developers: Patrick, Stefan

Common payload location

Many boards have different names for the payload in targets/.../Config.lb (payload.elf, filo.elf, etherboot.elf, etc) and locations (../payload.elf, or various absolute paths which only work for one developer). The problem will be fixed with kconfig, where the user specifies a payload manually in "make menuconfig".

Status: Finished.

Fix ALL build warnings

  • Someone has to do the deed.

Status: Finished, the build usually issues no warnings. If you see warnings/errors, please report a bug.

Post codes

Find all outb(x, 0x80) and replace them with post_code(). Use common numbers / defines across the boards.

Status: Finished, except for some local delay routines in early smbus code.

Use central oprom init

  • Get rid of all vgabios.c, make all chipsets with own vgabios.c use devices/oprom/x86.c.
  • Use the realmode code for vsmsetup too.

Use nvramtool for static option table creation

Instead of maintaining two tools (build_opt_tbl, nvramtool), maintain only one. This mostly requires adding an binary output writer to nvramtool, a cmos.layout parser already exists.

Status: Finished, upstream.

Developers: Vikram

Local APIC addresses

There are several defines in several places that describe the local APIC address:

  • LAPIC_ADDR
  • LOCAL_APIC_ADDR (even twice)
  • LAPIC_DEFAULT_BASE

This should be unified.

Developers: Patrick

printk into buffer

Port the v3 feature that printk can write into a buffer (that might be usable from the client OS, or dumped to output, as soon as output exists).

Consider use cases first (no need to provide buffer support, if all it would be useful for is buffering pre-CAR messages - which can't be buffered).

Developers: ChromiumOS Team

USB Debug Console

Fix USB debug console and make the Kconfig choice actually work. Right now it's possible to transmit single characters but it's not really hooked up.

Developers: SvenS

CBFS

A filesystem-alike layout for the coreboot image, to enable systems like bayou and to clean up the system in general (eg. no more buildrom).

Status:

Upstream, pre-CBFS infrastructure removed.

There are places where using CBFS might be a good idea: Everything that makes use of external files, for example the VSA code in the Geode chipset code. VSA is converted, and tested on a couple of configurations, but untested on others.

Some boards have issues with CBFS because it requires the whole ROM to be accessible at a quite early point in time (compared to the old mechanism). The following table contains validated knowledge if the ROM mapping happens at the right time.

All boards that manage to boot in a tinybootblock configuration are capable at least for the used ROM size (it might be that larger ROMs would fail because they require mapping the larger space)

Vendor/chipset ROM enabled Tiny bootblock Status / Comments
amd/amd8111 Y Y Not tested on hardware, yet.
amd/cs5530 Y N Not tested on hardware, yet.
amd/cs5535 N N
amd/cs5536 N N
amd/sb600 Y Y Build- and runtime-tested on siemens/sitemp_g1p1 by PatrickGeorgi.
amd/sb700 Y Y
broadcom/bcm5785 Y Y Not tested on hardware, yet.
intel/esb6300 N N
intel/i3100 N N
intel/i82371eb Y Y Build- and runtime-tested on ASUS P2B by Uwe Hermann.
intel/i82801ax N N
intel/i82801bx N N
intel/i82801cx N N
intel/i82801dx N N
intel/i82801ex N N
intel/i82801gx Y Y Build- and runtime-tested on Kontron 986LCD-m by PatrickGeorgi
nvidia/ck804 Y Y Not tested on hardware, yet.
nvidia/mcp55 Y Y Not tested on hardware, yet.
sis/sis966 Y Y Not tested on hardware, yet.
via/vt8231 Y N
via/vt8235 N N
via/vt8237r Y Y
via/vt82c686 N N

Developers: Stefan, Ron, Patrick, Myles, Uwe

Tiny Bootblock

Right now, the decision whether to use fallback or normal is in cache_as_ram_auto.c in many boards. Make that generic again (also helps with further CBFSification at some point).

Status: Available in Kconfig, works on a couple of boards. Requires per southbridge changes (and northbridge in some cases) on many boards (related to ROM enable, see CBFS section).

Developers: Patrick