Re: MTRR use in drivers

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Sun Jun 23 2013 - 16:58:22 EST

On 06/23/2013 01:54 PM, Dave Airlie wrote:
>>> breaking old boxes just because, is just going to get reverted when I
>>> get the first regression report that you broke old boxes.
>> Not "just because", but *if* the choice is between breaking old boxes
>> and breaking new boxes I'll take the latter.
> But Linus won't so your choice doesn't matter.

I hate to break it to you, but we regress on ancient hardware all the
time. Optimization work gets done on modern machines, so the sweet spot
keeps moving. In particular, if supporting ancient hardware means
leaving a lot of performance on modern hardware on the table, we may
have to take that penalty.

Fortunately, most of the time we don't have to.


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