Re: [PATCH v8 1/3] x86/fpu: track AVX-512 usage of tasks

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Mon Feb 11 2019 - 08:20:49 EST

On Fri, 18 Jan 2019, Aubrey Li wrote:

> User space tools which do automated task placement need information
> about AVX-512 usage of tasks, because AVX-512 usage could cause core
> turbo frequency drop and impact the running task on the sibling CPU.
> The XSAVE hardware structure has bits that indicate when valid state
> is present in registers unique to AVX-512 use. Use these bits to
> indicate when AVX-512 has been in use and add per-task AVX-512 state
> timestamp tracking to context switch.
> Well-written AVX-512 applications are expected to clear the AVX-512
> state when not actively using AVX-512 registers, so the tracking
> mechanism is imprecise and can theoretically miss AVX-512 usage during
> context switch. But it has been measured to be precise enough to be
> useful under real-world workloads like tensorflow and linpack.
> If higher precision is required, suggest user space tools to use the
> PMU-based mechanisms in combination.
> Signed-off-by: Aubrey Li <>

Reviewed-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>