Re: [RFC PATCH] x86, fpu: Use eagerfpu by default on all CPUs

From: Andy Lutomirski
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 - 00:22:46 EST

On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 5:45 PM, Rik van Riel <riel@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hash: SHA1
> On 02/22/2015 06:06 AM, Borislav Petkov wrote:
>> On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 06:18:01PM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>>> That's true. The question is whether there are enough of them,
>>> and whether twiddling TS is fast enough, that it's worth it.
>> Yes, and let me make it clear what I'm trying to do here: I want to
>> make sure that eager FPU handling (both allocation and switching -
>> and no, I'm not confusing the concepts) *doesn't* *hurt* any
>> relevant workload. If it does, then we'll stop wasting time right
>> there.
>> But(!), if the CR0.TS lazy dance turns out to be really slow and
>> the eager handling doesn't bring a noticeable slowdown, in
>> comparison, we should consider doing the eager thing by default.
>> After running a lot more benchmarks, of course.
>> Which brings me to the main reason why we're doing this: code
>> simplification. If we switch to eager, we'll kill a lot of
>> non-trivial code and the FPU handling in the kernel becomes dumb
>> and nice again.
> Currently the FPU handling does something really dumb for
> KVM VCPU threads. Specifically, every time we enter a
> KVM guest, we save the userspace FPU state of the VCPU
> thread, and every time we leave the KVM guest, we load
> the userspace FPU state of the VCPU thread.
> This is done for a thread that hardly ever exits to
> userspace, and generally just switches between kernel
> and guest mode.
> The reason for this acrobatics is that at every
> context switch time, the userspace FPU state is
> saved & loaded.
> I am working on a patch series to avoid that needless
> FPU save & restore, by moving the point at which the
> user FPU state is loaded out to the point where we
> return to userspace, in do_notify_resume.
> One implication of this is that in kernel mode, we
> can no longer just assume that the user space FPU
> state is always loaded, and we need to check for that
> (like the lazy FPU code does today). I would really
> like to keep that code around, for obvious reasons :)

I like that stuff, except for the fact that it still has code that
depends on whether we're in eager or lazy mode, even though eager is a
little less eager with your patches. Ideally I'd like to see your
patches applied *and* lazy mode removed.

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