On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 10:31:59AM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> Because in this particular case it does not appear to be so: the reason for 
> the 
> BIOS/firmware call appears to be to determine how we nmi_panic() after 
> receiving 
> an NMI that no other NMI handler handled: with a passive-aggressive "I don't 
> know" 
> panic message or with a slightly more informative panic message.

However much I like just ripping all that out, I think the ROM call
actually does that logging, or that is how I read things.

If you look at the original Changelog for that driver:

    Hp is providing a Hardware WatchDog Timer driver that will only work with 
    specific HW Timer located in the HP ProLiant iLO 2 ASIC. The iLO 2 HW Timer
    will generate a Non-maskable Interrupt (NMI) 9 seconds before physically
    resetting the server, by removing power, so that the event can be logged to
    the HP Integrated Management Log (IML), a Non-Volatile Random Access Memory
    (NVRAM). The logging of the event is performed using the HP ProLiant ROM via
    an Industry Standard access known as a BIOS Service Directory Entry.

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