Re: [PATCH] Make math_state_restore() save and restore the interrupt flag

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Sat Feb 01 2014 - 16:38:06 EST

It would be good to know how often #3 happens on a real workload.

On February 1, 2014 1:17:10 PM PST, George Spelvin <linux@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> .. which *does* actually bring up something that might work, and
>> be a good idea: remove the "restore math state or set TS" from the
>> normal kernel paths *entirely*, and move it to the "return to user
>> space" phase.
>This definitely seems much more sensible. For processors without
>optimized context save/restore, the decision whether to restore eagerly
>is best made once the kernel has decided what it's returning *to*.
>From an interrupt handler, there are now three cases:
>1) FPU not in use, available for immediate use.
>2) FPU in use by user-space; save to <location> before using.
>3) FPU in use by kernel code; may not be used (unless we want
> to add nested FPU state save hair).

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