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

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Mon Jan 20 2014 - 04:29:41 EST

* H. Peter Anvin <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 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

As a side note, at minimum the semantic and compatibility difference
needs to be _very_ clearly present in the naming. Something like
mwait_old_() or mwait_core2_(). That way such dependencies and
assumptions don't get lost in code restructuring, etc.


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