Seminars & Colloquia

Nathan Skalsky

IBM System & Technology Group

"Understanding and Developing UEFI-Compliant x86 Server/HPC Platform Firmware Applications and Drivers "

Wednesday June 02, 2010 10:30 AM
Location: 3211, EB II NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)



The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is rapidly replacing the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) as the basis for platform firmware, enabling current and next-generation x86 PCs, Servers, and high performance systems. UEFI is a specification describing an interface between Operating Systems, platform firmware, and add-on adapters/technologies. In this talk, I will introduce UEFI and give a brief overview of x86 computer architecture (as it relates to platform firmware). We will then focus on discussing some practical 'first steps' of authoring, compiling, and debugging pre-boot drivers, applications and boot loaders. Time permitting, we will explore the high-privilege Systems Management Interrupt, its modern uses, concerns and possible futures.


A white paper related to this talk can be found at:

Short Bio:

Nathan Skalsky is a UEFI firmware engineer at IBM Corporation for System x Servers and Blades, represents IBM on the UEFI Platform Initialization Workgroup (PIWG), and serves in various educational & outreach roles. He has previously worked at IBM as a software engineer in System i Operating System development (i5/OS), DB2 Query Optimization and converged System i/p core technologies. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University.

Host: Peng Ning, Department of Computer Science

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