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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2] x86/arch_prctl: Add ARCH_SET_XCR0 to set XCR0 per-thread
On Tue, Apr 7, 2020 at 7:07 AM Dave Hansen <> wrote:
> I'm also trying to think of what kinds of things CPU companies add to
> their architectures that would break this stuff. I can't recall ever
> having a discussion with folks at Intel where we're designing a CPU
> feature and we say, "Can't do that, it would break record/replay". I
> suspect there are more of these landmines around and I bet that we're
> building more of them into CPUs every day.

With the ability to control the userspace view of CPUID, which we have
had for a couple years in the kernel now, this is much less of a
concern than you might immediately imagine. Most features that get
added are either entirely deterministic (like all the fancy SIMD
stuff) or can be disabled solely by lying to userspace about the CPUID
flags (like RDRAND or TSX). XGETBV is tricky for rr because it depends
on the kernel state as well, but that is rather unusual.

I lose far more sleep worrying about Intel introducing a new
microarchitecture that breaks our assumptions about performance
counter determinism than I do about new CPU features that are tricky
to handle.

- Kyle

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