LinuxBoot Integration with UEFI Host Firmware

Presented by

Isaac Oram, Intel and Jonathan Zhang, Facebook

About this talk

This webinar introduces LinuxBoot, its integration into host firmware solutions, provides current status and makes a proposal on how the UEFI firmware industry could embrace the challenges and opportunities that alternative firmware approaches introduce. Different from traditional enterprise, hyperscaler and cloud service providers have different requirements for host firmware. These differences prompted formation of the OCP (Open Compute Foundation) OSF (Open System Firmware) project. Facebook and its partners have been working together on LinuxBoot to enable Intel(R) Xeon Scalable Processor. As a starting point, we have completed proof of concept on Skylake generation and OCP Tioga Pass platform. Hyperscaler unique requirements are an opportunity for the multiple firmware communities to work together to streamline UEFI requirements, increase firmware accessibility, and explore additional ecosystem opportunities as OCP adoption increases

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