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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 8/8] x86/tlb: just do tlb flush on one of siblings of SMT
On 05/24/2012 11:03 PM, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> On 05/24/2012 07:32 AM, Alex Shi wrote:
>>>
>>> the TLB pool is shared as physical resource (dynamic or static, that
>>> depends), but each tlb entry will be tagged for which of the two HT
>>> pairs it's for, and on a logical level, they are completely separate as
>>> a result (as they should be)
>>
>> But, why just flush part of SMT doesn't crash kernel on many benchmarks
>> testing? Does it means flush tlb without PCID (doesn't enable in current
>> kernel) will flush both of 'TLB pool'?
>>
>> Oh, lots of questions of the TLB pool details. :) Could you like share
>> the URL of related documents?
>>
>
> Hang on here... there is a huge difference between what a particular CPU
> implementation does and what is architecturally guaranteed.
>
> Both wearing my Linux x86 maintainer hat, and wearing my Intel employee
> hat, I want to categorically state that Linux cannot rely on behavior
> that isn't architecturally guaranteed. Unless we can get an
> architectural guarantee that this elision is safe, it cannot go in. It
> doesn't work the other way -- the burden of proof is to prove that the
> change is safe, not that the change cannot be proven unsafe.


Understand and thanks for all of your time!

>
> -hpa
>




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