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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/7] x86/intel_rdt: Restoration of Cache Pseudo-Locked regions
On Tue, 24 Jul 2018, Reinette Chatre wrote:

> Dear Maintainers,
>
> A Cache Pseudo-Locked region is vulnerable to certain instructions (INVD,
> WBINVD, CLFLUSH) or deeper C-states (that could shrink or power off the
> cache) evicting the pseudo-locked memory. The current support for
> pseudo-locked regions already restrict deeper C-states on cores associated
> with the pseudo-locked regions, but the vulnerability to some instructions
> remain.
>
> This work does not prevent the instructions to which Cache Pseudo-Locked
> regions are vulnerable, instead, this work support the restoration of
> Cache Pseudo-Locked regions that can be triggered manually by the user
> or automatically after the WBINVD instruction has been issued.
>
> A new debugfs file "pseudo_lock_restore" is associated with each
> pseudo-locked region and can be used to manually trigger the memory
> associated with the region to be pseudo-locked to cache again.

I'm not seeing how that should be used. What's the indication for an
operator to write to that file?

> The system-wide "native_wbinvd()" is modified to trigger the restoration of
> all Cache Pseudo-Locked regions after the WBINVD instruction returns and
> effort is made to avoid any unnecessary work in this flow.
>
> Within the kernel two locations with direct invocations of the WBINVD
> instruction are coverted to native_wbinvd() and compile tested. Neither
> location is likely to be used on the platforms supporting Cache Pseudo-Locking.

Can we just get rid of WBINVD?

Thanks,

tglx

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