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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2] x86/arch_prctl: Add ARCH_SET_XCR0 to set XCR0 per-thread
> Thank you in advance for any review comments - I thought the comments
> on v1 were quite helpful. I understand this is a tall ask for mainline
> inclusion, but the feature is just too useful for me to give up ;).

> [1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/6/16/134

The rationale from that post should have been in this description.

You can already do what you want using the clearcpuid= boot flags using the
infrastructure in [1], which is in newer kernels.

So to disable AVX512 you would use clearcpuid=304 and the AVX feature
set should be the same as Haswell. To disable AVX2 you would use
clearcpuid=293 and you get the same feature set as Sandy Bridge.

A boot option is not as convenient as a run time setting, but has a lot
less weird corner cases.

-Andi

[1]
https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpuid-deps.c?id=0b00de857a648dafe7020878c7a27cf776f5edf4

-Andi

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