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Feature #184

Enabling Unused PowerPC CPU on Debian

Added by Daniel Curtis about 4 years ago. Updated over 2 years ago.

Status:
Closed
Priority:
Normal
Assignee:
Category:
-
Target version:
Start date:
08/21/2013
Due date:
% Done:

100%

Estimated time:
0.50 h
Spent time:

Description

During routine system maintenance I noticed that one CPU was disabled. The system has been running solid since its deployment, and enabling the second CPU is purely for performance gain. I checked the systems hardware like so:

sudo lshw

!*-cpu:0
description: CPU
product: 7455, altivec supported
physical id: 2
bus info: cpu@0
version: 2.1 (pvr 8001 0201)
size: 999MHz
clock: 133MHz
capabilities: altivec performance-monitor
!*-cache:0
description: L1 Cache
physical id: 0
size: 32KiB
!*-cache:1
description: L2 Cache (unified)
physical id: 1
size: 256KiB
clock: 999MHz (1.0ns)

!*-cpu:1 DISABLED
description: CPU
product: PowerPC,G4
physical id: 3
bus info: cpu@1
version: 8001.2.1
size: 999MHz
clock: 133MHz
capabilities: altivec performance-monitor
!*-cache:0 UNCLAIMED
description: L1 Cache
physical id: 0
size: 32KiB
!*-cache:1 UNCLAIMED
description: L2 Cache (unified)
physical id: 1
size: 256KiB
clock: 999MHz (1.0ns)

This is where I spotted that the CPU was disabled.
I decided to search with apt-cache and locate the SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) Linux Image for the PowerPC architecture:

sudo apt-cache search linux-image

From there I installed the proper linux-image-powerpc-smp:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-powerpc-smp linux-image-headers-powerpc-smp

Reboot the server:
sudo reboot

And check to see if the CPU has been enabled:
sudo lshw

!*-cpu:0
description: CPU
product: 7455, altivec supported
physical id: 2
bus info: cpu@0
version: 2.1 (pvr 8001 0201)
size: 999MHz
clock: 133MHz
capabilities: altivec performance-monitor
!*-cache:0
description: L1 Cache
physical id: 0
size: 32KiB
!*-cache:1
description: L2 Cache (unified)
physical id: 1
size: 256KiB
clock: 999MHz (1.0ns)
!*-cpu:1
description: CPU
product: 7455, altivec supported
physical id: 3
bus info: cpu@1
version: 2.1 (pvr 8001 0201)
size: 999MHz
clock: 133MHz
capabilities: altivec performance-monitor
!*-cache:0
description: L1 Cache
physical id: 0
size: 32KiB
!*-cache:1
description: L2 Cache (unified)
physical id: 1
size: 256KiB
clock: 999MHz (1.0ns)

History

#1 Updated by Daniel Curtis about 4 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)

#2 Updated by Daniel Curtis about 4 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)

#3 Updated by Daniel Curtis over 2 years ago

  • Project changed from 15 to GNU/Linux Administration
  • Subject changed from Enabling Unused CPU on Debian to Enabling Unused PowerPC CPU on Debian
  • Target version set to Debian

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