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     apic — Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC) driver


     This driver is a mandatory part of amd64 kernel.  To compile this driver into i386 kernel,
     place the following line in your kernel configuration file:

           device apic

     The following tunable is settable from the loader(8):

     controls event timers functionality support.  Setting to 0, disables it.  Default value is

     Set this to 1 to disable APIC support, falling back to the legacy PIC.


     There are two components in the Intel APIC system, the local APIC (LAPIC) and the I/O APIC.
     There is one local APIC in each CPU in the system.  There is typically one I/O APIC for each
     peripheral bus in the system.

     Local APICs manage all external interrupts for a specific processor.  In addition, they are
     able to accept and generate inter-processor interrupts (IPIs).

     I/O APICs contain a redirection table, which is used to route the interrupts they receive
     from peripheral buses to one or more local APICs.

     Each local APIC includes one 32-bit programmable timer.  This driver uses them to supply
     kernel with one event timer named "LAPIC".  Event timer provided by the driver supports both
     one-shot and periodic modes.  Because of local APIC nature it is per-CPU.  The timer
     frequency is not reported by the platform and so automatically measured by the driver on the
     first use.  Depending on CPU model this timer may stop in C3 and deeper CPU sleep states.
     Driver automatically adjusts event timer priority and reports it to prevent entering
     dangerous sleep states when it is used.


     atrtc(4), attimer(4), eventtimers(4), hpet(4)