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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 08/10] x86/setcpuid: Add kernel option setcpuid
On Tue, 5 Feb 2019, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 05, 2019 at 07:19:16AM -0800, Dave Hansen wrote:
> > On 2/5/19 12:48 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > This isn't something we want everybody and their grandma to turn on;
> > it's a rather specialized feature. It's really only for folks that care
> > about the latency incurred across the entire system on split lock
> > operations.
> That really should be everyone. That split lock stuff is horrible. There
> is no real down-side to having it always enabled. Code that breaks is
> bad code you want fixed anyway.
> Like I said elsewhere, I wish it would #AC for any unaligned LOCK
> prefix, not just cross-line. I see why we'd not want to traditional RISC
> #AC for every load/store, but atomics really had better be aligned.

Right, we should really make this default enabled.

> > > Is this some transient state; where a few (early) models will not have
> > > the enumeration sorted but all later models will have it all neat and
> > > tidy?
> >
> > From my understanding, it's not just an early stepping. It's a
> > generational thing. The current generation lacks the enumeration and
> > the next generation will get it. Both have the silicon to implement the
> > feature itself.
> I never said stepping, in fact I explicitly said model.
> > > If so, we can easily do the FMS solution for this.
> >
> > Yeah, we can. I honestly forget why we didn't do FMS. :)
> Right so FMS is fairly horrible; but when it is a stop-gap for a limited
> number of models it's waaay better than dodgy cmdline things.

One or two is fine. And _IF_ we get the enumeration sorted before we merge
that, then we can declare the FM list as immutable :)

> We could of course try to wrmsr_safe() detect the feature; but that
> might be a problem is the MSR exists on any other models and has a
> different meaning.

Well, yes, but that would be pretty stupid.



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