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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] x86 paravirt_ops: create no_paravirt.h for native ops
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On Monday 07 August 2006 22:51, Zachary Amsden wrote:
> Rusty Russell wrote:
> >>> +
> >>> +/*
> >>> + * Set IOPL bits in EFLAGS from given mask
> >>> + */
> >>> +static inline void set_iopl_mask(unsigned mask)
> >>>
> >> This function can be completely written in C using local_save_flags()/local_restore_flags()
> >> Please do that. I guess it's still a good idea to keep it separated
> >> though because it might allow other optimizations.
> >>
> >> e.g. i've been thinking about special casing IF changes in save/restore flags
> >> to optimize CPUs which have slow pushf/popf. If you already make sure
> >> all non IF manipulations of flags are separated that would help.
> >>
>
>
> Actually, that is not quite true. Local_save_flags /
> raw_local_irq_restore today is used only for operating on IF flag, and
> raw_local_restore_flags does not exist.

Yes, sorry for the typo.

> Our implementation of these in
> VMI assumes that only the IF flag is being changed, and this is the
> default assumption under which Xen runs as well. Using local_restore to
> switch IOPL as well causes the extremely performance critical common
> case of pure IRQ restore to do potentially a lot more work in a hypervisor.
>
> So if you do want us to go with the C approach, I would propose using
> raw_local_iopl_restore, which can make a different hypercall (actually,
> in our case, this is not even a hypercall, merely a VMI call).

I meant Rusty can use local restore in his native implementation.
The higher level interface can be different.

-Andi
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