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SubjectRe: [patch 0/4] x86: AMD microcode patch loading v2 fixes


Dmitry Adamushko wrote:
> 2008/7/30 Dmitry Adamushko <dmitry.adamushko@gmail.com>:
>> 2008/7/30 Peter Oruba <peter.oruba@amd.com>:
>>>> [ ... ]
>>> Since ucode updates may fix severe issues, it is supposed to happen as early
>>> as possible. If you re-plug your CPU into your socket, your BIOS also
>>> applies a ucode patch, but that won't necessarily be the latest and critical
>>> one.
>> Hum, let's say we don't do it from cpu-hotplug handlers [1] but from
>> start_secondary() before calling cpu_idle()? [*]
>>
>> This way, we do it before any other task may have a chance to run on a
>> cpu which is not a case with cpu-hotplug handlers
>> (and we don't mess-up with cpu-hotplug events :-)
>>
>> [ the drawback is that 'microcode' subsystem is not local to
>> microcode.c anymore ]
>>
>> [1] if we need a sync. operation in cpu-hotplug handlers and IPI is
>> not ok (say, we need to run in a sleepablel context) then perhaps it's
>> workqueues + wait_on_cpu_work(). But then it's not a bit later than
>> could have been with [*].
>>
>> heh, this issue has already popped up in another thread so it should
>> be fixed asap, imho.
>>
>> Ingo, Peter? What would be the best way from your pov?
>
> or let's just use smth like a patch below so far:
>
> (non-white-space-damaged version is enclosed)
>
> --- kernel/cpu.c-old 2008-07-30 12:31:15.000000000 +0200
> +++ kernel/cpu.c 2008-07-30 12:32:02.000000000 +0200
> @@ -349,6 +349,8 @@ static int __cpuinit _cpu_up(unsigned in
> goto out_notify;
> BUG_ON(!cpu_online(cpu));
>
> + cpu_set(cpu, cpu_active_map);
> +
> /* Now call notifier in preparation. */
> raw_notifier_call_chain(&cpu_chain, CPU_ONLINE | mod, hcpu);
>
> @@ -383,9 +385,6 @@ int __cpuinit cpu_up(unsigned int cpu)
>
> err = _cpu_up(cpu, 0);
>
> - if (cpu_online(cpu))
> - cpu_set(cpu, cpu_active_map);
> -
> out:
> cpu_maps_update_done();
> return err;

That was the first thing I thought of when you pointed out what the problem is
(ie when original bug report showed up).
But I immediately rejected the idea because it changes the rules of the game.
active bit is set even before the cpu is "truly" online. I'd say we fix the
microcode instead.

Max





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