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For those who may have missed it, I've been blogging about my experiences with the MinnowBoard Turbot for the last 15 months. Now, finally, all the blogs have been combined into a 138-page compendium of my learnings about x86 architecture, UEFI, Yocto Linux, and many other technical topics. Check it out at The MinnowBoard Chronicles (note: requires registration). 
High-end, mission-critical systems often use a plethora of diagnostic routines for power-on self test (POST), data logging, operational measurements, Built-In Self Test (BIST), and platform audits. Embedded x86 JTAG run-control adds out-of-band services to this mix. This article describes one such use case for Power-On Self Test (POST) of PCI Express ports.
In the article JTAG and run-control API in BMCs for at-scale debug, I described how embedding the Intel ITP run-control library down on a service processor provides for a rich set of target-based functions for debug forensics. How might this apply to reading MSRs, such as the ones created to address Spectre and Meltdown.
In Episode 24, I finished off my new build machine, successfully did a QEMU image build on it, and loaded an off-the-shelf Ubuntu image into my new MinnowBoard Turbot. This week, I tackled a MinnowBoard Linux image build using Yocto, loaded it into my MinnowBoard, and also set about doing a Yocto image build for the Portwell Neptune Alpha board. But I ran into some problems.