Re: [PATCH v2] x86/power: Fix 'nosmt' vs. hibernation triple fault during resume

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Wed May 29 2019 - 13:19:09 EST

On Wed, 29 May 2019, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 06:26:59PM +0200, Jiri Kosina wrote:
> > On Wed, 29 May 2019, Josh Poimboeuf wrote:
> > > Is there are reason why maxcpus= doesn't do the CR4.MCE booted_once
> > > dance?
> >
> > I am not sure whether it's really needed. My understanding is that the MCE
> > issue happens only after primary sibling has been brought up; if that
> > never happened, MCE wouldn't be broadcasted to that core at all in the
> > first place.
> >
> > But this needs to be confirmed by Intel.
> (I'm not confirming anything, as I've no clue), but that code stems from
> long before we found out about that brilliant MCE stuff (which was
> fairly recent).

Actually we knew about the brilliant MCE wreckage for a long time and
maxcpus was always considered to be a debug/testing bandaid and not to be
used for anything serious used in production.

Of course 'nosmt' changed that because that is aimed at production
scenarios so we were forced to deal with that 'feature'.

We could do the same thing with 'maxcpus' now that we have all the
mechanisms there at our fingertips already, but I'd rather not do it.