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    SubjectRe: LFENCE instruction
    Mikulas Patocka wrote:
    > On Mon, 15 Oct 2007, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
    >> Mikulas Patocka wrote:
    >>> I know about unordered stores (movnti & similar) --- they basically use
    >>> write-combining method on memory that is normally write-back --- and they
    >>> need sfence. But which one instruction does unordered load and needs
    >>> lefence?
    > PREFETCH* doesn't change program semantics. The processor is allowed to
    > ignore prefetch instruction if it doesn't have resources needed for
    > prefetch. It not ordered wrt. fences.
    > PREFETCHNTA was implemented as prefetch into L1 cache and omitting L2
    > cache on Pentium 3 and M --- and it is implemented as prefetch into L2
    > cache on other --- do it doesn't really use any special buffers.

    It's semantics allows it to, though. It's not clear to me whether it is
    actually necessary on existing chips.

    It does, I believe, way-restricted prefetch on existing silicon.

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