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SubjectRe: [PATCH] trim memory not covered by WB MTRRs
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On Monday, June 25, 2007 5:54:49 pm Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Jesse Barnes <jesse.barnes@intel.com> writes:
> > On Monday, June 25, 2007 4:34:33 Andi Kleen wrote:
> >> > This patch fixes a bug in the last patch that caused the code to
> >> > run on non-Intel machines (AMD machines apparently don't need it
> >>
> >> Actually the problem can happen on AMD too, but the symptoms can
> >> be different and there can be more wrong than just the MTRRs.
> >
> > I should have been more specific in the changelog. My understanding is
> > that AMD systems don't need it for memory above 4G, and since the code
> > doesn't handle holes (no test systems, nor any real reports that I've
> > seen), it's not that useful for finding problems below 4G. We can
> > always change that later if needed though.
>
> For the K7 and K8 cores AMD systems are exactly like Intel systems
> with respect to MTRRs (although AMD systems also have additional registers)
> For the K9 core (i.e. AMD socket F or the K8 with DDR2 support) there
> is an additional mechanism that makes everything above 4G write-back
> cacheable without using any MTRRs.
>
> So only on the very latest AMD cpus would this code not be applicable.

Is there an is_cpu() check to differentiate between those? Anyway I'd rather
not enable it unless we see reports though... So far I've only seen reports
of this problem on some recent Intel based systems.

Jesse


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