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Re: [Xen-devel] floating-point arithmetic

On 18/10/14 02:39, Anh Dinh wrote:
I compiled Xen with the flag:

-mfpmath=sse -msse2

so that I can use double variables in implementing a hypercall inside Xen hypervisor. 

However, the kernel crashes (computer reboots) when I do a lot (about a thousand) of memory copying of double values in the kernel space, i.e.

unsigned char* pt = xmalloc(unsigned char, sizeof(double)); 
memcpy(pt,&value,sizeof(double));   //<---- CRASHED HERE
...//do something with the variable

Xen does not maintain its own floating point state, because it has no need to do so.

By attempting to use floating point, you will either crash Xen, or corrupt the vcpu floating point state, depending on how the guest goes about performing fpu context switches.

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