New Intel Feature Allows Updating Motherboard UEFI Without a Reboot

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New Intel Feature Allows Updating Motherboard UEFI Without a Reboot

According to a report by Phoronix, Intel has prepared its “Intel Seamless Update” solution and submitted the patches to the Linux kernel to enable updating your system firmware live, meaning you can update the UEFI/BIOS on a motherboard without rebooting. This feature appears to be headed to Linux first, but it’s rational to expect that we could see this type of feature make it to the Windows realm, too. 

Updating system firmware, such as your motherboard UEFI/BIOS, often requires a reboot procedure to complete the installation process. However, mission-critical systems are expected to experience almost zero downtime (it isn’t possible to have 100% uptime), and Intel has been working on a solution for that for quite some time now. 

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Called the Intel Seamless Update, this feature allows updating the system firmware, like the UEFI, in run-time, meaning inside of the operating system as a regular program, instead of requiring a reboot. This specific feature targets Intel’s clients with high service level agreements (SLAs) around downtime, where customers expect their system to be available all the time. A typical UEFI update takes several minutes and impacts the customer’s infrastructure, causing expensive downtime. 

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