Re: [RFC PATCH v3 00/16] Core scheduling v3

From: Julien Desfossez
Date: Tue Sep 10 2019 - 10:27:33 EST

On 29-Aug-2019 04:38:21 PM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 10:30:51AM -0400, Phil Auld wrote:
> > I think, though, that you were basically agreeing with me that the current
> > core scheduler does not close the holes, or am I reading that wrong.
> Agreed; the missing bits for L1TF are ugly but doable (I've actually
> done them before, Tim has that _somewhere_), but I've not seen a
> 'workable' solution for MDS yet.

Following the discussion we had yesterday at LPC, after we have agreed
on a solution for fixing the current fairness issue, we will post the
v4. We will then work on prototyping the other synchronisation points
(syscalls, interrupts and VMEXIT) to evaluate the overhead in various

Depending on the use-case, we know the performance overhead maybe
heavier than just disabling SMT, but the benchmarks we have seen so far
indicate that there are valid cases for core scheduling. Core scheduling
will continue to be unused by default, but with it, we will have the
option to tune the system to be both secure and faster than disabling
SMT for those cases.



P.S: I think the branch that contains the VMEXIT handling is here