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SubjectRe: [BK-2.5] Move "used FPU status" into new non-atomic thread_info->status field.
Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Mar 2003, David S. Miller wrote:
>>At least on sparc{32,64}, we consider FPU state to be clobbered coming
>>into system calls, this eliminates a lot of hair wrt. FPU state
>>restoring in cases such as fork().
> We could _probably_ do it on x86 too. The standard C calling convention on
> x86 says FPU register state is clobbered, if I remember correctly.
> However, some of the state is "long-term", like rounding modes, exception
> masking etc, and even if we didn't save the register state we would have
> to save that part.
> And once you save that part, you're better off saving the registers too,
> since it's all loaded and saved with the same fxsave/fxrestor instruction
> (ie we'd actually have to do _more_ work to save only part of the FP
> state).

Does this open the door for using FP in the kernel?


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