Re: [GIT PULL] x86 fixes for 2.6.30-rc8
From: Michael S. Zick
Date: Sat May 30 2009 - 16:32:48 EST
On Sat May 30 2009, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Michael S. Zick wrote:
> > On Sat May 30 2009, Pavel Machek wrote:
> >> Hi!
> >>> --- a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
> >>> +++ b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
> >>> @@ -1535,6 +1535,10 @@ and is between 256 and 4096 characters. It is defined in the file
> >>> register save and restore. The kernel will only save
> >>> legacy floating-point registers on task switch.
> >>> + noxsave [BUGS=X86] Disables x86 extended register state save
> >>> + and restore using xsave. The kernel will fallback to
> >>> + enabling legacy floating-point and sse state.
> >>> +
> >> Does that mean apps using sse8 will see their registers corrupted if
> >> this option is used? Or are new registers sets always added in a way
> >> that kernel has to enable them first?
> New register sets always require enabling.
> > Has this change been tested on the processors that have independent ftp&sse
> > units, without the shared registers? Such as the VIA C7-M?
> x87 and SSE are always separate. Whether or not register sets are
> separate is an architectural issue, and isn't subject to variation
> across CPUs.
In this case they are but I am glad to hear that Intel and VIA Tech.
are working this closely together. It simplifies the support issues.
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