22.1. AMD64 Specific Boot Options

There are many others (usually documented in driver documentation), but only the AMD64 specific ones are listed here.

22.1.1. Machine check

Please see Documentation/x86/x86_64/machinecheck.rst for sysfs runtime tunables.

mce=off
Disable machine check
mce=no_cmci
Disable CMCI(Corrected Machine Check Interrupt) that Intel processor supports. Usually this disablement is not recommended, but it might be handy if your hardware is misbehaving. Note that you'll get more problems without CMCI than with due to the shared banks, i.e. you might get duplicated error logs.
mce=dont_log_ce
Don't make logs for corrected errors. All events reported as corrected are silently cleared by OS. This option will be useful if you have no interest in any of corrected errors.
mce=ignore_ce
Disable features for corrected errors, e.g. polling timer and CMCI. All events reported as corrected are not cleared by OS and remained in its error banks. Usually this disablement is not recommended, however if there is an agent checking/clearing corrected errors (e.g. BIOS or hardware monitoring applications), conflicting with OS's error handling, and you cannot deactivate the agent, then this option will be a help.
mce=no_lmce
Do not opt-in to Local MCE delivery. Use legacy method to broadcast MCEs.
mce=bootlog
Enable logging of machine checks left over from booting. Disabled by default on AMD Fam10h and older because some BIOS leave bogus ones. If your BIOS doesn't do that it's a good idea to enable though to make sure you log even machine check events that result in a reboot. On Intel systems it is enabled by default.
mce=nobootlog
Disable boot machine check logging.
mce=tolerancelevel[,monarchtimeout] (number,number)
tolerance levels: 0: always panic on uncorrected errors, log corrected errors 1: panic or SIGBUS on uncorrected errors, log corrected errors 2: SIGBUS or log uncorrected errors, log corrected errors 3: never panic or SIGBUS, log all errors (for testing only) Default is 1 Can be also set using sysfs which is preferable. monarchtimeout: Sets the time in us to wait for other CPUs on machine checks. 0 to disable.
mce=bios_cmci_threshold
Don't overwrite the bios-set CMCI threshold. This boot option prevents Linux from overwriting the CMCI threshold set by the bios. Without this option, Linux always sets the CMCI threshold to 1. Enabling this may make memory predictive failure analysis less effective if the bios sets thresholds for memory errors since we will not see details for all errors.
mce=recovery
Force-enable recoverable machine check code paths
nomce (for compatibility with i386)
same as mce=off

Everything else is in sysfs now.

22.1.2. APICs

apic
Use IO-APIC. Default
noapic
Don't use the IO-APIC.
disableapic
Don't use the local APIC
nolapic
Don't use the local APIC (alias for i386 compatibility)
pirq=...
See Documentation/x86/i386/IO-APIC.rst
noapictimer
Don't set up the APIC timer
no_timer_check
Don't check the IO-APIC timer. This can work around problems with incorrect timer initialization on some boards.
apicpmtimer
Do APIC timer calibration using the pmtimer. Implies apicmaintimer. Useful when your PIT timer is totally broken.

22.1.3. Timing

notsc
Deprecated, use tsc=unstable instead.
nohpet
Don't use the HPET timer.

22.1.4. Idle loop

idle=poll
Don't do power saving in the idle loop using HLT, but poll for rescheduling event. This will make the CPUs eat a lot more power, but may be useful to get slightly better performance in multiprocessor benchmarks. It also makes some profiling using performance counters more accurate. Please note that on systems with MONITOR/MWAIT support (like Intel EM64T CPUs) this option has no performance advantage over the normal idle loop. It may also interact badly with hyperthreading.

22.1.5. Rebooting

reboot=b[ios] | t[riple] | k[bd] | a[cpi] | e[fi] [, [w]arm | [c]old]
bios
Use the CPU reboot vector for warm reset
warm
Don't set the cold reboot flag
cold
Set the cold reboot flag
triple
Force a triple fault (init)
kbd
Use the keyboard controller. cold reset (default)
acpi
Use the ACPI RESET_REG in the FADT. If ACPI is not configured or the ACPI reset does not work, the reboot path attempts the reset using the keyboard controller.
efi
Use efi reset_system runtime service. If EFI is not configured or the EFI reset does not work, the reboot path attempts the reset using the keyboard controller.

Using warm reset will be much faster especially on big memory systems because the BIOS will not go through the memory check. Disadvantage is that not all hardware will be completely reinitialized on reboot so there may be boot problems on some systems.

reboot=force
Don't stop other CPUs on reboot. This can make reboot more reliable in some cases.

22.1.6. Non Executable Mappings

noexec=on|off
on
Enable(default)
off
Disable

22.1.7. NUMA

numa=off
Only set up a single NUMA node spanning all memory.
numa=noacpi
Don't parse the SRAT table for NUMA setup
numa=fake=<size>[MG]
If given as a memory unit, fills all system RAM with nodes of size interleaved over physical nodes.
numa=fake=<N>
If given as an integer, fills all system RAM with N fake nodes interleaved over physical nodes.
numa=fake=<N>U
If given as an integer followed by 'U', it will divide each physical node into N emulated nodes.

22.1.8. ACPI

acpi=off
Don't enable ACPI
acpi=ht
Use ACPI boot table parsing, but don't enable ACPI interpreter
acpi=force
Force ACPI on (currently not needed)
acpi=strict
Disable out of spec ACPI workarounds.
acpi_sci={edge,level,high,low}
Set up ACPI SCI interrupt.
acpi=noirq
Don't route interrupts
acpi=nocmcff
Disable firmware first mode for corrected errors. This disables parsing the HEST CMC error source to check if firmware has set the FF flag. This may result in duplicate corrected error reports.

22.1.9. PCI

pci=off
Don't use PCI
pci=conf1
Use conf1 access.
pci=conf2
Use conf2 access.
pci=rom
Assign ROMs.
pci=assign-busses
Assign busses
pci=irqmask=MASK
Set PCI interrupt mask to MASK
pci=lastbus=NUMBER
Scan up to NUMBER busses, no matter what the mptable says.
pci=noacpi
Don't use ACPI to set up PCI interrupt routing.

22.1.10. IOMMU (input/output memory management unit)

Multiple x86-64 PCI-DMA mapping implementations exist, for example:

  1. <kernel/dma/direct.c>: use no hardware/software IOMMU at all (e.g. because you have < 3 GB memory). Kernel boot message: "PCI-DMA: Disabling IOMMU"
  2. <arch/x86/kernel/amd_gart_64.c>: AMD GART based hardware IOMMU. Kernel boot message: "PCI-DMA: using GART IOMMU"
  3. <arch/x86_64/kernel/pci-swiotlb.c> : Software IOMMU implementation. Used e.g. if there is no hardware IOMMU in the system and it is need because you have >3GB memory or told the kernel to us it (iommu=soft)) Kernel boot message: "PCI-DMA: Using software bounce buffering for IO (SWIOTLB)"
  4. <arch/x86_64/pci-calgary.c> : IBM Calgary hardware IOMMU. Used in IBM pSeries and xSeries servers. This hardware IOMMU supports DMA address mapping with memory protection, etc. Kernel boot message: "PCI-DMA: Using Calgary IOMMU"
iommu=[<size>][,noagp][,off][,force][,noforce]
[,memaper[=<order>]][,merge][,fullflush][,nomerge]
[,noaperture][,calgary]

General iommu options:

off
Don't initialize and use any kind of IOMMU.
noforce
Don't force hardware IOMMU usage when it is not needed. (default).
force
Force the use of the hardware IOMMU even when it is not actually needed (e.g. because < 3 GB memory).
soft
Use software bounce buffering (SWIOTLB) (default for Intel machines). This can be used to prevent the usage of an available hardware IOMMU.

iommu options only relevant to the AMD GART hardware IOMMU:

<size>
Set the size of the remapping area in bytes.
allowed
Overwrite iommu off workarounds for specific chipsets.
fullflush
Flush IOMMU on each allocation (default).
nofullflush
Don't use IOMMU fullflush.
memaper[=<order>]
Allocate an own aperture over RAM with size 32MB<<order. (default: order=1, i.e. 64MB)
merge
Do scatter-gather (SG) merging. Implies "force" (experimental).
nomerge
Don't do scatter-gather (SG) merging.
noaperture
Ask the IOMMU not to touch the aperture for AGP.
noagp
Don't initialize the AGP driver and use full aperture.
panic
Always panic when IOMMU overflows.
calgary
Use the Calgary IOMMU if it is available

iommu options only relevant to the software bounce buffering (SWIOTLB) IOMMU implementation:

swiotlb=<pages>[,force]
<pages>
Prereserve that many 128K pages for the software IO bounce buffering.
force
Force all IO through the software TLB.

Settings for the IBM Calgary hardware IOMMU currently found in IBM pSeries and xSeries machines

calgary=[64k,128k,256k,512k,1M,2M,4M,8M]
Set the size of each PCI slot's translation table when using the Calgary IOMMU. This is the size of the translation table itself in main memory. The smallest table, 64k, covers an IO space of 32MB; the largest, 8MB table, can cover an IO space of 4GB. Normally the kernel will make the right choice by itself.
calgary=[translate_empty_slots]
Enable translation even on slots that have no devices attached to them, in case a device will be hotplugged in the future.
calgary=[disable=<PCI bus number>]
Disable translation on a given PHB. For example, the built-in graphics adapter resides on the first bridge (PCI bus number 0); if translation (isolation) is enabled on this bridge, X servers that access the hardware directly from user space might stop working. Use this option if you have devices that are accessed from userspace directly on some PCI host bridge.
panic
Always panic when IOMMU overflows

22.1.11. Miscellaneous

nogbpages
Do not use GB pages for kernel direct mappings.
gbpages
Use GB pages for kernel direct mappings.