Re: linux-next: build failure after merge of the tip tree

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Mon Jan 20 2014 - 04:23:52 EST

On 01/20/2014 01:16 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
>> The difference is the STI!
> So do the local_irq_enable(); mwait_idle_with_hints(0,0); thing.

No, that doesn't work. The point of __sti_mwait() is that the STI is
the instruction immediately before the MWAIT, just like the combination
STI;HLT. Since the execution of STI is always delayed by one
instruction, these two instructions form an atomic unit, which means
interrupts are enabled "after" we have entered MWAIT or HLT.

> But that's entirely different from saying that core2 doesn't support
> mwait_idle_with_hints because its a different instruction.

If you think of STI;MWAIT as a "compound instruction" it kind of is.
Newer CPUs don't have to play that trick anymore, because there is a
flag to MWAIT which breaks us out of MWAIT on a pending interrupt
without having to actually enable interrupts at the point of the MWAIT.


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