System Administration Guide: Advanced Administration

SPARC: Coherent Console

Solaris 10 8/07: The coherent console subsystem feature implements a part of the kernel console subsystem to facilitate rendering console output. The coherent console uses the Oracle Solaris kernel mechanisms to render console output rather than Programmable Read-Only Memory (PROM) interfaces. This reduces the console rendering dependence on the OpenBoot PROM (OBP). The coherent console uses a kernel-resident frame-buffer driver to generate console output. The generated console output is more efficient than using OBP rendering. The coherent console also avoids idling CPUs during the SPARC console output and enhances the user experience.