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Old 28th January 2010, 09:03 AM
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Tuning kernel for AMD processor


I would like to compile a tuned up kernel for AMD processor,
so I guess I can start by getting rid of all INTEL specific option:
are there other one I can get rid off ?

Also what's the difference performance wise to have something configure in the kernel directly or as a module ?
I am using KVM, so would it be better to put it in the kernel directly ?

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Old 28th January 2010, 09:44 AM
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Well, i wouldn't edit the config file but use "make menuconfig".
With that program you can easily find AMD/Intel related items.

For modules vs. builtin. I suggest compiling things directly in the kernel you ALWAYS use (graphics driver, file system, network, etc.) Because loading modules costs performance (also does a overloaded kernel )

Well.. i guess it's the same like AMD vs. Intel, Gnome vs. KDE, etc.
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Old 28th January 2010, 05:06 PM
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Definately interested in doing this

Never knew that the kernels are defaulted to Intel. I am definitely interested in learning how to do this myself. How difficult would it be to tweak the kernel for AMD. Menuconfig looks like a great tool to use. I'm assuming you would go under processor types and features to change from intel to amd. How much of a performance boost would this increase? What would be the major benefits of it?

I would greatly appreciate if someone would dive deeper into this so I can get a complete understand of the benefits and the best procedure to get this done.
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Old 30th January 2010, 10:28 PM
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This guide will help you to customize a fedora kernel to your needs:


Then you can easily install your tuned kernel to other rpm based distributions.
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