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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] x86/xen: disable nosmt in Xen guests
>>> On 12.06.19 at 12:12, <> wrote:
> When running as a Xen guest selecting "nosmt" either via command line
> or implicitly via default settings makes no sense, as the guest has no
> clue about the real system topology it is running on. With Xen it is
> the hypervisor's job to ensure the proper bug mitigations are active
> regarding smt settings.

I don't agree with the second sentence: It is in principle fine for the
hypervisor to expose HT (i.e. not disable it as bug mitigation), and
leave it to the guest kernels to protect themselves. We're just not
at the point yet where Xen offers sufficient / reliable data to guest
kernels to do so, so _for the time being_ what you say is correct.


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