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  • Intel Software Defined Silicon Planned For Integration In Linux 5.18

    Phoronix: Intel Software Defined Silicon Planned For Integration In Linux 5.18

    We still don't know what features Intel is planning to capitalize upon with their Software Defined Silicon "SDSi" functionality in future CPUs, but it turns out the kernel mainlining of the necessary software support is now expanded to land with Linux 5.18. With the SDSi kernel support coming together rather quickly, it's possible we could be seeing Software Defined Silicon rather soon...

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...DSi-Linux-5.18

  • #2
    Say no to Software Defined Silicon!
    It's Intel Upgrade Service under a different name!

    Pay for your processors once, and then no more. "DLC" in CPUs shouldn't be a thing.

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    • #3
      can't wait to subscribe to a feature I already bought, lets hope this never ever gets down to consumer land

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      • #4
        This crap is like finding a girl you like, paying for the marriage but then having to pay to... You know.... What a load of nonsense. This lock in crap is the last straw. Not only is the management engine evil enough... Soon you are required to be online with a subscription to use your processor. Pay per. CPU cycle is probably the next fantastic feature.

        http://www.dirtcellar.net

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        • #5
          This is not what Intel should be doing to fight Milan and Genoa.

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          • #6
            As long as this activation is permanent and triggers some ROM inside the CPU I'm fine with it. No idea why people oppose it so much. You don't need extra features? Don't pay for them.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by birdie View Post
              As long as this activation is permanent and triggers some ROM inside the CPU I'm fine with it. No idea why people oppose it so much. You don't need extra features? Don't pay for them.
              Because:

              - the previous upgrade service was controversial already
              - silicon that doesn't get used goes to waste, and even more so considering fabs worldwide had shortage issues the last year
              Last edited by tildearrow; 09 February 2022, 04:37 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tildearrow View Post

                Because:

                - the previous upgrade service was controversial already
                - silicon that doesn't get used is wasteful, and even more so considering fabs worldwide had shortage issues the last year
                The previous controversy was equally controversial (read stupid) in my eyes.

                Silicon is wasteful? You must be joking, right? CPU/GPUs are in essence ... sand. What are you proposing? Making production more complex just to serve two market segments? What if you don't allocate the capacity properly? This is where you'll get wasted silicon for sure.

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                • #9
                  The only possible points of concern, as somebody pointed out in the previous discussion, is the possibility for this feature to be non-transferable or be the basis for CPU features "as a service". Otherwise, most mid- and low-range CPUs already contain unused silicon disabled from higher range models and that could potentially work.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by waxhead View Post
                    This crap is like finding a girl you like, paying for the marriage but then having to pay to... You know....
                    So you married a prostitute that still charges you by the hour, even after the wedding? Ouch!

                    There's the saying "why buy the cow, when you get the milk for free?". In this case, I think you're the cow that's getting milked... and you just bought the farm!

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