ARM Dynamic Tables Framework

ARM has submitted a patch to UEFI’s Tianocore which adds a “Dynamic Tables” framework that abstracts ACPI amongst other things…  Readme excerpt of patch below:

This patch introduces a branch for implementing Dynamic Tables Framework.

To reduce the amount of effort required in porting firmware to new platforms, we propose this “Dynamic Tables” framework. The aim is to provide an example implementation capable of generating the firmware tables from an external source. This is potentially a management node, either local or remote, or, where suitable, a file that might be generated from the system construction. This initial “proof of concept” release does not fully implement that – the configuration is held in local UEFI modules.

The dynamic tables framework is designed to generate standardised firmware tables that describe the hardware information at run-time. A goal of standardised firmware is to have a common firmware for a platform capable of booting both Windows and Linux operating systems.

Traditionally the firmware tables are handcrafted using ACPI Source Language (ASL), Table Definition Language (TDL) and C-code. This approach can be error prone and involves time consuming debugging. In addition, it may be desirable to configure platform hardware at runtime such as: configuring the number of cores available for use by the OS, or turning SoC features ON or OFF.

The dynamic tables framework simplifies this by providing a set of standard table generators, that are implemented as libraries. These generators query a platform specific component, the ‘Configuration Manager’, to collate the information required for generating the tables at run-time.

The framework also provides the ability to implement custom/OEM generators; thereby facilitating support for custom tables. The custom generators can also utilize the existing standard generators and override any functionality if needed.

The framework currently implements a set of standard ACPI table generators for ARM architecture, that can generate Server Base Boot Requirement (SBBR) compliant tables. Although, the set of standard generators implement the functionality required for ARM architecture; the framework is extensible, and support for other architectures can be added easily.

The framework currently supports the following table generators for ARM:
* DBG2 – Debug Port Table 2
* DSDT – Differentiated system description table. This is essentially a RAW table generator.
* FADT – Fixed ACPI Description Table
* GTDT – Generic Timer Description Table
* IORT – IO Remapping Table
* MADT – Multiple APIC Description Table
* MCFG – PCI Express memory mapped configuration space base address Description Table
* SPCR – Serial Port Console Redirection Table
* SSDT – Secondary System Description Table. This is essentially a RAW table generator.

[…]Please create a branch called ‘dynamictables’ in edk2-staging.[…]

More info: see the “[PATCH] Branch to implement Dynamic Tables Framework” thread on the edk2-devel list by Sami Mujawar. And look for above branch to be created.

Hmm, it appears the links to the archives on the URL provided in the mailing list posts is not valid:

V1 from Oct2017:



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