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Thursday, February 19 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Unified Device Properties Interface for ACPI and Device Trees - Rafael J. Wysocki, Intel

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ACPI was introduced when hardware compatibility with the IBM PC became insufficient to maintain the PC ecosystem. It allowed a single binary OS image to run on various platforms using the same CPU architecture, but not exactly hardware-compatible with one another. Today, Device Trees are used to address the same platform fragmentation problem in the ARM ecosystem in a similar way. Of course, there are differences between DT and ACPI. For instance, DT allows arbitrary data to be passed to the OS as device properties, but ACPI could not do that in a convenient way until recently. With that limitation addressed in ACPI a need has arisen for a unified interface to retrieve hardware properties information from the platform firmware, so the same device driver using it can work equally well on systems with ACPI or DT. I will discuss work toward that goal in Linux and the resulting API.

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Rafael J. Wysocki

Software Engineer, Intel OTC
Rafael maintains the Linux kernel's core ACPI and power management code, including the core infrastructure for IO device PM, CPU PM and system suspend/hibernation. He works at Intel Open Source Technology Center as a Software Engineer focusing on the mainline Linux kernel. Rafael... Read More →

Thursday February 19, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am PST
Alexander Valley Ballroom I

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