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RE: [Xen-ia64-devel] One unstablity in fast syscall path
> > > On this point VTi may have a real advantage over
> > Could you explain further?
> The virtualization handler has the opcode in GR25.
> I don't know the amount of PAL code involved, but the
> hardware might provides
> the opcode directly from the pipeline. The VM doesn't have
> to do the fecth,
> which is time and cache consuming.
No the hardware does not provide the opcode directly, though
perhaps it will in future (post-Montecito) implementations.
I believe that PAL is doing the same thing that Xen is
doing to fetch the opcode, except since it is doing it
sooner, there is a higher probability that it will be
successful. And I suspect that it may be doing the
"slow path" every time as it is probably not capable
of handling (and recovering from) TLB misses. I'm not
sure I would call this an advantage.
Perhaps Intel can comment more here... I'm not sure what
info is public.
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