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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] x86/speculation: switch_to_cond_stibp on is the likely case
On Thu, Dec 06, 2018 at 10:38:00AM -0500, Waiman Long wrote:
> On 12/06/2018 03:41 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 05, 2018 at 02:49:28PM -0500, Waiman Long wrote:
> >> Since conditional STIBP is the default, it should be treated as
> >> the likely case. Changes the use of static_branch_unlikely() to
> >> static_branch_likely() for switch_to_cond_stibp.
> > So now you're making kernels on 'fixed' or unaffected hardware slower.
>
> Good point.
>
> The reason I sent out this patch is because of the inconsistency in the
> use of likely/unlikely hints.
>
> arch/x86/kernel/cpu/bugs.c:156:        if
> (static_branch_unlikely(&switch_to_cond_stibp))
> arch/x86/kernel/process.c:440:       
> static_branch_unlikely(&switch_to_cond_stibp)) {
> arch/x86/kernel/process.h:26:        if
> (!static_branch_likely(&switch_to_cond_stibp)) {
>
> So if we are aiming to optimize for "fixed" or unaffected hardware,
> maybe we should modify the likely hint to unlikely then.

Right, I think that makes sense, Thomas?

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