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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86/AMD: Apply erratum 688 on machines without a BIOS fix

> Why not? It all depends on the load type, working set and the access
> patterns. There's no strong correlation between the load of a machine
> and the amount of branch misses...
Yes I did not say that there is a linear correlation but that does not
mean that those two numbers move opposite to each other. On all our
systems running more tasks that consume more CPU and memory result in
increased branch misses.
It is normal as one thread might block another and a third thread might
wait for the first thread to finish in order to resume.
It is not normal to have increased misses only when the OS is loaded
and running in idle without doing anything. Unless you are talking for
AMD F14.

I wonder if we should just flush the L2 and disable it completely on AMD
F14. Since this is an APU I have no idea if the onboard graphics can
operate properly without L2.

> setpci -s 0x18.4 0x164.l
> and looking at bit 2. If it is set, the erratum is fixed.
Will do but there is no meaning as I already told you on the first mail
that D18F4x164 is 00000003h. It will not change.

> No, I don't mean that - I'm talking about *not* applying it by default
> and when people start seeing issues like that, they can boot their
> machines with something like "enable_e688_workaround" or so and it will
> get applied then. I.e., an "opt-in" deal.
Yes I got it. I have no problem, you are free to do what you think is
the best solution. Just ensure that it will not be possible to apply the
fix to F16.

Even if you decide to not include the fix at all in the kernel, I still
have the patch for my system and it works.

Did you get any crashes on your B0 box with Ubuntu? Is it a desktop
system or a laptop?

The irony is that this laptop was bought without USB3 on purpose to
achieve maximum stability... Luckily we didn't stick to the original
plan to buy two laptops :)

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