Re: Thoughts of AMX KVM support based on latest kernel

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Fri Nov 19 2021 - 05:13:15 EST


On Thu, Nov 18 2021 at 23:17, Jun Nakajima wrote:
> On Nov 17, 2021, at 4:53 AM, Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> It doesn't have to happen in current processors, but it should be
>> architecturally valid behavior to clear the processor's state as soon
>> as a bit in XFD is set to 1.
> System software may disable use of Intel AMX by clearing XCR0[18:17],
> by clearing CR4.OSXSAVE, or by setting IA32_XFD[18]. It is recommended
> that system software initialize AMX state (e.g., by executing
> TILERELEASE) before doing so. This is because maintaining AMX state in
> a non-initialized state may have negative power and performance
> implications.
> System software should not use XFD to implement a “lazy restore”
> approach to management of the XTILEDATA state component. This approach
> will not operate correctly for a variety of reasons. One is that the
> LDTILECFG and TILERELEASE instructions initialize XTILEDATA and do not
> cause an #NM exception. Another is that an execution of XSAVE by a
> user thread will save XTILEDATA as initialized instead of the data
> expected by the user thread.

Can this pretty please be reworded so that it says:

When setting IA32_XFD[18] the AMX register state is not guaranteed to
be preserved. The resulting register state depends on the

Also it's a real design disaster that component 17 cannot be fenced off
via XFD. That's really inconsistent and leads exactly to this half
defined state.