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Friday, December 15, 2006

UEFI Plug Fest Follow-Up

There was a pretty good turn-out. The Intel site looks like it was set up for this sort of thing...five years ago. There are about 20 individual large cubes with high walls and lockable doors. Not perfectly secure, but enough to deter. The event ended up filling not only those 20 cubes but also overflowing into neighboring areas. There are no bathrooms right nearby. The conference rooms are behind heavy doors. The sign-in process is typical Intel: search your bags, sign-in for a red sticker, wear the sticker everywhere. From there, nobody seemed to mind where you went. AMI and Insyde where there, along with Byosoft (see previous post on China BIOS). Saw Zimmer & Rothman of Beyond BIOS fame. Both the SMST (SMM vs. VM sub-team) and the UTWG had face-to-face and some of us in the PIWG did follow-up regarding security, PCI and SMM face-to-face, although I was generally glued to the ICE most of the time trying to debug hangs. Turns out the hangs were not really hang, just really slow because of cache issues. Can you image 3KB taking 3 minutes to move on a 2GHz processor? Neither can I, but its true when coming from the flash and the flash is uncached :-) Tim

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