Welcome!

Linux Containers Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Amit Gupta

News Feed Item

UEFI Forum’s New ACPI 5.1 Specification Adapts Configuration and Power Interface to 64-Bit Focused Features of the ARMv8-A Architectures

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Forum, a nonprofit industry standards body that promotes firmware innovations, today announced the publication of the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) Specification Version 5.1. This specification provides the interfaces needed to support the ARMv8-architecture in ACPI. It also maps out new features that are common to all supported platforms. These latest expansions further the UEFI Forum’s mission to ensure that the ACPI remains applicable to all systems and devices.

Also announced today is the availability of the ACPI Specification Version 5.0, Errata B. This document fixes minor errors and information gaps identified in the ACPI v5.0. Systems that have already been developed to comply with this version of the ACPI specification will benefit from these errata.

New Features, New Architectures: The ACPI 5.1 Specification

The ACPI is a robust interface between firmware, operating systems (OSes) and devices that provides management of hardware functions at runtime. The core ACPI-configurable functions include device discovery, thermal management, general UEFI boot capability, OS configuration and power management (OPSM) and reliability, availability and supportability (RAS) features. Use of the ACPI improves system power distribution and conservation.

The ACPI 5.1 specification is the first major document released by the UEFI Forum’s ACPI Specification Working Group (ASWG)—the committee responsible for the open standard since its October 2013 move under the Forum’s umbrella. In addition to extending the above-mentioned core ACPI functions to ARMv8-A architectures, the 5.1 specification introduces the following ARM 64-bit-focused features:

  • Expanded Generic Interrupt Controller (GIC) Support: Extends ACPI support to include GICv2 virtualization, GIC v2m and parts of GICv3.
  • Power State Coordination Interface (PSCI) Support: Allows PSCI discoverability via ARM Boot Flags filed in the Fixed ACPI Description Table (FADT).
  • Always-On Timers and Watchdog: Ensures system memory mapped timers are compliant with ARMv7 and ARMv8 generic timer architecture.

“UEFI and ACPI are the prevalent open standards enabling flexible device configuration and power-state management in server class systems,” said Lakshmi Mandyam, director of server systems and ecosystems, ARM. “The ARMv8 server ecosystem is aligning around open industry standards with UEFI emerging as the boot model and ACPI as the runtime interfaces.”

New or enhanced features included in the 5.1 specification that benefit all ACPI-supported architectures include:

  • Device-Specific Data (_DSD) Control: Reports device registry address location, generic clock controls and other critical properties to Linux OS-level drivers, allowing them to operate within the reported parameters.
  • Collaborative Processor Performance Control (CPPC) extension: support platform-based, fully autonomous selection of performance states with OSPM providing information that guides the selection.

Additionally, the UEFI Forum is now responsible for assigning the Plug-and-Play (PNP) Identifiers and the ACPI Identifiers to avoid namespace collision.

“We kicked off ASWG in January. It is now the biggest Working Group in the UEFI Forum, with active participation from both x64 and ARM ecosystems, as well as the Windows and Linux communities,” said Dong Wei, UEFI Forum vice president and ASWG co-chair. “We worked together to update the ACPI Spec in record time—just over six months. With the latest ACPI v5.1 and UEFI v2.4, the industry has the opportunity to bring to market products based on converged platform infrastructure for interoperability while gaining more flexibility for innovations. Having this capability for both x64 and ARM architectures is a milestone achievement.”

To view all published ACPI specification versions and errata, visit www.uefi.org/acpi/specs.

ACPI at LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America 2014

Learn more about the ACPI 5.1 specification support for ARM by joining the UEFI Mini-Summit at LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America. All conference registrants are welcome to attend the session on “Building ARM Servers with UEFI and ACPI” at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 22. Click here to register.

About The UEFI Forum

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Forum is a world-class non-profit industry standards body that works in partnership to enable the evolution of platform technologies. The UEFI Forum champions firmware innovation through industry collaboration and the advocacy of a standardized interface that simplifies and secures platform initialization and firmware bootstrap operations. Both developed and supported by representatives from industry-leading technology companies, UEFI specifications promote business and technological efficiency, improve performance and security, facilitate interoperability between devices, platforms and systems, and comply with next-generation technologies. To learn more about the UEFI Forum, visit www.uefi.org.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
DXWorldEXPO LLC, the producer of the world's most influential technology conferences and trade shows has announced the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO "Early Bird Registration" is now open. Register for Full Conference "Gold Pass" ▸ Here (Expo Hall ▸ Here)
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, compared the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, examin...
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that All in Mobile, a mobile app development company from Poland, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. All In Mobile is a mobile app development company from Poland. Since 2014, they maintain passion for developing mobile applications for enterprises and startups worldwide.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICC-USA, a computer systems integrator and server manufacturing company focused on developing products and product appliances, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. ICC is a computer systems integrator and server manufacturing company focused on developing products and product appliances to meet a wide range of ...
In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of Data Center Group and ...
"We are a well-established player in the application life cycle management market and we also have a very strong version control product," stated Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet,, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Arvind Radhakrishnen discussed how IoT offers new business models in banking and financial services organizations with the capability to revolutionize products, payments, channels, business processes and asset management built on strong architectural foundation. The following topics were covered: How IoT stands to impact various business parameters including customer experience, cost and risk management within BFS organizations.
Here are the Top 20 Twitter Influencers of the month as determined by the Kcore algorithm, in a range of current topics of interest from #IoT to #DeepLearning. To run a real-time search of a given term in our website and see the current top influencers, click on the topic name. Among the top 20 IoT influencers, ThingsEXPO ranked #14 and CloudEXPO ranked #17.
While the focus and objectives of IoT initiatives are many and diverse, they all share a few common attributes, and one of those is the network. Commonly, that network includes the Internet, over which there isn't any real control for performance and availability. Or is there? The current state of the art for Big Data analytics, as applied to network telemetry, offers new opportunities for improving and assuring operational integrity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Frey, Vice President of S...
With the introduction of IoT and Smart Living in every aspect of our lives, one question has become relevant: What are the security implications? To answer this, first we have to look and explore the security models of the technologies that IoT is founded upon. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nevi Kaja, a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, discussed some of the security challenges of the IoT infrastructure and related how these aspects impact Smart Living. The material was delivered interac...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
In his session at Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, presented a success story of an entrepreneur who has both suffered through and benefited from offshore development across multiple businesses: The smart choice, or how to select the right offshore development partner Warning signs, or how to minimize chances of making the wrong choice Collaboration, or how to establish the most effective work processes Budget control, or how to maximize project result...
The Founder of NostaLab and a member of the Google Health Advisory Board, John is a unique combination of strategic thinker, marketer and entrepreneur. His career was built on the "science of advertising" combining strategy, creativity and marketing for industry-leading results. Combined with his ability to communicate complicated scientific concepts in a way that consumers and scientists alike can appreciate, John is a sought-after speaker for conferences on the forefront of healthcare science,...
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abilit...
Detecting internal user threats in the Big Data eco-system is challenging and cumbersome. Many organizations monitor internal usage of the Big Data eco-system using a set of alerts. This is not a scalable process given the increase in the number of alerts with the accelerating growth in data volume and user base. Organizations are increasingly leveraging machine learning to monitor only those data elements that are sensitive and critical, autonomously establish monitoring policies, and to detect...