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authorSuresh Siddha <suresh.b.siddha@intel.com>2012-08-24 21:13:02 (GMT)
committerH. Peter Anvin <hpa@linux.intel.com>2012-09-18 22:52:11 (GMT)
commit304bceda6a18ae0b0240b8aac9a6bdf8ce2d2469 (patch)
tree9ffae43391d69aa4765590b942b907da4a189041 /arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c
parent9c6ff8bbb69a4e7b47ac40bfa44509296e89c5c0 (diff)
x86, fpu: use non-lazy fpu restore for processors supporting xsave
Fundamental model of the current Linux kernel is to lazily init and restore FPU instead of restoring the task state during context switch. This changes that fundamental lazy model to the non-lazy model for the processors supporting xsave feature. Reasons driving this model change are: i. Newer processors support optimized state save/restore using xsaveopt and xrstor by tracking the INIT state and MODIFIED state during context-switch. This is faster than modifying the cr0.TS bit which has serializing semantics. ii. Newer glibc versions use SSE for some of the optimized copy/clear routines. With certain workloads (like boot, kernel-compilation etc), application completes its work with in the first 5 task switches, thus taking upto 5 #DNA traps with the kernel not getting a chance to apply the above mentioned pre-load heuristic. iii. Some xstate features (like AMD's LWP feature) don't honor the cr0.TS bit and thus will not work correctly in the presence of lazy restore. Non-lazy state restore is needed for enabling such features. Some data on a two socket SNB system: * Saved 20K DNA exceptions during boot on a two socket SNB system. * Saved 50K DNA exceptions during kernel-compilation workload. * Improved throughput of the AVX based checksumming function inside the kernel by ~15% as xsave/xrstor is faster than the serializing clts/stts pair. Also now kernel_fpu_begin/end() relies on the patched alternative instructions. So move check_fpu() which uses the kernel_fpu_begin/end() after alternative_instructions(). Signed-off-by: Suresh Siddha <suresh.b.siddha@intel.com> Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1345842782-24175-7-git-send-email-suresh.b.siddha@intel.com Merge 32-bit boot fix from, Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1347300665-6209-4-git-send-email-suresh.b.siddha@intel.com Cc: Jim Kukunas <james.t.kukunas@linux.intel.com> Cc: NeilBrown <neilb@suse.de> Cc: Avi Kivity <avi@redhat.com> Signed-off-by: H. Peter Anvin <hpa@linux.intel.com>
Diffstat (limited to 'arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c')
1 files changed, 0 insertions, 4 deletions
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c b/arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c
index 0a980c9..8a6d20c 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/process_64.c
@@ -232,10 +232,6 @@ start_thread_common(struct pt_regs *regs, unsigned long new_ip,
regs->cs = _cs;
regs->ss = _ss;
regs->flags = X86_EFLAGS_IF;
- /*
- * Free the old FP and other extended state
- */
- free_thread_xstate(current);

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