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    SubjectFloating point problems on UML - help needed

    Gunnar reported that some Java program does not work proper within
    After looking closer at the problem I was able to reduce it to a small C
    program. (Program is attached.)

    It looks like FPU registers get sometimes lost after switching between
    two or more threads.
    It also happens not always, that's why my test program contains a
    infinite loop. After a few million iterations the program abort()s.

    I can reproduce the issue on both x86 and x86_64, the host's or UML's
    kernel version does not matter.
    I've tested 2.6.18 to 3.1-rc2.

    Interestingly the problem occurs not on my old Pentium 4 machines.
    One P4 has HT the other not.
    Only "newer" CPUs are affected.

    First I thought it's a race in _switch_to(), but adding
    unblock/block_signals() did not help.
    Currently I'm running out of ideas.
    I'm not an expert in this area of UML. :-(

    Any idea what goes wrong here?

    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <pthread.h>

    static int xxx(float f)
    if(f <= 0.0){
    printf("wrong f!: %f\n", f);
    return -1;

    return 0;

    static void *fun(void *arg)
    float f = 5.0;

    if(xxx(f) < 0)

    return NULL;

    int main()
    pthread_t t1, t2;

    pthread_create(&t1, NULL, fun, NULL);
    pthread_create(&t2, NULL, fun, NULL);

    pthread_join(t1, NULL);
    pthread_join(t2, NULL);

    return 0;
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