[Ksummit-2012-discuss] [ATTEND] writeback and kernel testing

Grant Likely grant.likely at secretlab.ca
Tue Jun 19 20:40:16 UTC 2012

On Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:29:49 -0700, "H. Peter Anvin" <h.peter.anvin at intel.com> wrote:
> On 06/16/2012 06:18 PM, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> > On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 10:50:41PM +0800, Fengguang Wu wrote:
> > [ ... ]
> >>
> >> Yeah, that should be a pretty common impression. The hardware
> >> capability and the fruit of catching one bug per day turns out to be
> >> much higher than my expectation :-)
> >>
> > How many servers do you actually need to compile 25k kernels per day ?
> > With my little system (i7-2600, SSD) I get about 1,000 randconfig kernel builds
> > per 24 hours, so it should not be too many.
> > 
> It would be nice to have a "kernel testing appliance" -- rather than a
> bunch of people writing similar stuff have something that anyone with
> spare hardware can put on a system.  Bonus points if it actually can
> drive a physical test box, too.  I think tglx was working on something
> like that at one point; Ingo has a setup like that but it is apparently
> extremely ad hoc.

Seeing as we have nothing of the sort now; it would be pragmatic to
start with qemu models and extend to controlling real hardware.


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