HEADS UP: Cavium ThunderX support in the tree

Jan Sieka jan.sieka at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 23:34:28 UTC 2015


This is a great achievement. I smiled when I saw hw.ncpu :). One thing that
interested me is the pkg command: do you use some official pkg repo or you
have your own set up?

Best regards,

Jan Sięka

2015-11-05 17:14 GMT+01:00 Zbigniew Bodek <zbb at semihalf.com>:

> Hello all,
> Semihalf is happy to officially announce that starting from SVN
> revision r289550 FreeBSD is ready to run on Cavium ThunderX
> system-on-chip!
> ThunderX is the first ARM64 (ARMv8) hardware platform to be supported
> by FreeBSD and the only one that introduces 96-CPU cores SMP.
> The integrated code includes support for:
> - Single and dual-socket operation (48 and 96 CPUs)
> - PCI Express
> - SATA
> - Network Interface Controller (VNIC) 1/10/40G
> - Other required drivers (GICv3, Interrupt Translation Services)
> There is still some polishing and optimizations to be done but the
> system can be used as is in 11-CURRENT and will work as briefly shown
> on this video:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q5aDEt18mw
> This would not be possible without all great work of the following
> people at Semihalf:
> Dominik Ermel
> Wojciech Macek
> Michal Mazur
> Tomasz Nowicki
> Michal Stanek
> Zbigniew Bodek
> Special thanks go to:
> ARM, Cavium and the FreeBSD Foundation for sponsoring this work.
> Ed Maste (The FreeBSD Foundation) for all the help and project management.
> Andrew Turner for technical input and numerous code reviews.
> Andy Wafaa (ARM), Prasun Kapoor and Larry Wikelius (Cavium) for their
> support and help with the hardware.
> Rafal Jaworowski (Semihalf) for putting this project together.
> PS. You may also be interested in checking out our entry on ARM
> community blog about this work:
> https://community.arm.com/groups/processors/blog/2015/10/27/semihalfs-arm64-blog-1-the-freebsd-on-the-96-cpu-armv8-soc
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