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[PORTABLE] Full Featured Version Of Linux Kernel Module



NVIDIA is now publishing Linux GPU kernel modules as open source with dual GPL/MIT license, starting with the R515 driver release. You can find the source code for these kernel modules in the NVIDIA/open-gpu-kernel-modules GitHub page




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This release is a significant step toward improving the experience of using NVIDIA GPUs in Linux, for tighter integration with the OS, and for developers to debug, integrate, and contribute back. For Linux distribution providers, the open-source modules increase ease of use. They also improve the out-of-the-box user experience to sign and distribute the NVIDIA GPU driver. Canonical and SUSE can immediately package the open kernel modules with Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Enterprise Distributions.


With each new driver release, NVIDIA publishes a snapshot of the source code on the NVIDIA/open-gpu-kernel-modules GitHub page. Community submitted patches are reviewed and if approved, integrated into a future driver release.


You can opt in using the kernel module parameter NVreg_OpenRmEnableUnsupportedGpus=1. More robust and fully featured GeForce and Workstation support will follow in subsequent releases and the NVIDIA Open Kernel Modules will eventually supplant the closed-source driver.


The R515 release contains precompiled versions of both the closed-source driver and the open-source kernel modules. These versions are mutually exclusive, and you can make the choice at install time. The default option ensures that silent installs pick the optimal path for NVIDIA Volta and older GPUs compared to NVIDIA Turing+ GPUs.


Open kernel modules support all NVIDIA Ampere and Turing architecture GPUs. Datacenter GPUs are supported for production, and support for GeForce and Workstation GPUs is alpha quality. For more information, see the Datacenter, NVIDIA RTX, and GeForce CUDA GPUs product tables (NVIDIA Turing and later GPUs have compute capability of 7.5 or greater).


Kernel modules are pieces of code that can be loaded and unloaded into the kernel upon demand. They extend the functionality of the kernel without the need to reboot the system.Custom codes can be added to Linux kernels via two methods.


So now that we have established the use loadable kernel modules, we are going to write a hello world kernel module. That will print a message when we load the module and an exit message when we unload the module.


Long story short, you have to run a version of Linux that was released after 2007 and it needs to be installed on x86 hardware that supports virtualization capabilities. If both of those boxes are checked, then all you have to do is load 2 existing modules (a host kernel module and a processor-specific module), an emulator, and any drivers that will help you run additional systems.


To create a kernel module, you can read The Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide. A module can be configured as built-in or loadable. To dynamically load or remove a module, it has to be configured as a loadable module in the kernel configuration (the line related to the module will therefore display the letter M).


Today, all necessary modules loading is handled automatically by udev, so if you do not need to use any out-of-tree kernel modules, there is no need to put modules that should be loaded at boot in any configuration file. However, there are cases where you might want to load an extra module during the boot process, or blacklist another one for your computer to function properly.


Kernel modules can be explicitly listed in files under /etc/modules-load.d/ for systemd to load them during boot. Each configuration file is named in the style of /etc/modules-load.d/program.conf. Configuration files simply contain a list of kernel modules names to load, separated by newlines. Empty lines and lines whose first non-whitespace character is # or ; are ignored.


The initramfs image may not contain the kernel modules asked for in /etc/modules-load.d/, it also may lack the files that have been set in that folder. Early module loading depend on the initramfs generator used:


To pass a parameter to a kernel module, you can pass them manually with modprobe or assure certain parameters are always applied using a modprobe configuration file or by using the kernel command line.


Blacklisting, in the context of kernel modules, is a mechanism to prevent the kernel module from loading. This could be useful if, for example, the associated hardware is not needed, or if loading that module causes problems: for instance there may be two kernel modules that try to control the same piece of hardware, and loading them together would result in a conflict.


However, there is a workaround for this behaviour; the install command instructs modprobe to run a custom command instead of inserting the module in the kernel as normal, so you can force the module to always fail loading with:


A module will not be loaded if the "vermagic" string contained within the kernel module does not match the value of the currently running kernel. If it is known that the module is compatible with the current running kernel the "vermagic" check can be ignored with modprobe --force-vermagic.


By convention, Linux kernel module loading mechanism doesn't allow loading modules that were not compiled against the running kernel, so the "running kernel" you are referring to is most likely is already known at kernel module compilation time.


Upgrading the system is only supported from the most recent patch level.Make sure the latest system updates are installed by either running zypper patch or by starting the YaST module Online Update.An upgrade on a system that is not fully patched may fail.


To replace OpenLDAP server, SLES includes 389 Directory Server.389 Directory Server (package 389-ds) is a fully-featured LDAPv3-compliant server suited for modern environments and for very large LDAP deployments.389 Directory Server also comes with command-line tools of its own.


With GNOME we provide a fully-featured printing stack, which includes cups, GNOME itself, and avahi.We encourage users to use GNOME settings to manage their printers as it is the most complete solution.


The SUSE kernel module tools have been updated to better comply with the file system hierarchy standards and also clearly indicate that certain kernel modules will be disabled in a future SUSE Linux Enterprise release.


Distribution-provided configuration files previously placed in the /etc directory are now located in the /lib directory.The tools continue to recognize the user-supplied configuration files in the /etc directory.The modprobe(8) tool now presents an interactive dialog in case the user attempts to load one of the obsolete kernel modules.The dialog offers to abort the load operation, load the kernel module once, or override the blacklisting status.


The zstd algorithm achieves much higher compression and decompression speed compared to xz, at the cost of somewhat lesser compression ratio.As a result, some reading operations during boot and installation are much faster.The module file extension has changed from .ko.xz to .ko.zst and the content is zstd-compressed.All SLE components that manipulate the kernel modules have been adapted.Third-party software that does in-depth examination of kernel modules may require adjustments.


In SLE 15 SP4, the functionality embedded in the kernel-preempt package can be activated by adding the boot-time preempt=full parameter to the default SLE kernel.The specialized kernel-preempt package has been consequently removed from the distribution.


It has not been enabled for kernel modules (DEBUG_INFO_BTF_MODULES=n).This is because it introduced a new kind of binary compatibility check, which is currently not compatible with the kernel in 15 SP4.It may also prevent loading modules in unexpected ways.However, we still keep BTF of vmlinux (DEBUG_INFO_BTF=y).This way there will be no BTF information on the modules but the Compile-Once-Run-Everywhere feature is still available to BPF programs that only trace kernel functions found within vmlinux.


Some file system features are available in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4 but are not supported by SUSE.By default, the file system drivers in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4 will refuse mounting file systems that use unsupported features (in particular, in read-write mode).To enable unsupported features, set the module parameter allow_unsupported=1 in /etc/modprobe.d or write the value 1 to /sys/module/MODULE_NAME/parameters/allow_unsupported.However, note that setting this option will render your kernel and thus your system unsupported.


A: The following table lists the Linux kernel versions against which thegiven versions of the Open vSwitch kernel module will successfully build.The Linux kernel versions are upstream kernel versions, so Linux kernelsmodified from the upstream sources may not build in some cases even if theyare based on a supported version. This is most notably true of Red HatEnterprise Linux (RHEL) kernels, which are extensively modified fromupstream.


Building the Linux kernel module from the Open vSwitch source tree wasdeprecated starting with Open vSwitch 2.15. And the kernel modulesource code was completely removed from the Open vSwitch source tree in3.0 release.


All versions of Open vSwitch userspace are compatible with all versions ofthe Open vSwitch kernel module, so you do not have to use the kernel modulefrom one source along with the userspace programs from the same source.


A: The kernel module in upstream Linux does not include support for LISP.Work is in progress to add support for LISP to the upstream Linux versionof the Open vSwitch kernel module. For now, if you need this feature, usethe kernel module from the Open vSwitch distribution instead of theupstream Linux kernel module.


Certain features require kernel support to function or to have reasonableperformance. If the ovs-vswitchd log file indicates that a feature is notsupported, consider upgrading to a newer upstream Linux release or usingthe kernel module paired with the userspace distribution.


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