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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6] x86: load FPU registers on return to userland
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On 1/15/19 12:26 PM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> I don't think we'd ever want kernel_fpu_end() to restore anything,
> right? I'm a bit confused as to when this optimization would actually
> be useful.

Using AVX-512 as an example...

Let's say there was AVX-512 state, and a kernel_fpu_begin() user only
used AVX2. We could totally avoid doing *any* AVX-512 state save/restore.

The init optimization doesn't help us if there _is_ AVX-512 state, and
the modified optimization only helps if we recently did a XRSTOR at
context switch and have not written to AVX-512 state since XRSTOR.

This probably only matters for AVX-512-using apps that have run on a
kernel with lots of kernel_fpu_begin()s that don't use AVX-512. So, not
a big deal right now.

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