Re: MMX for kernel

Harald Koenig (
Fri, 7 Feb 1997 15:06:28 +0100 (MET)

> If there were many, many proceses which used the FPU, one could imagine
> an advisory bit which meant "when task switching to this process,
> immediately restore my FPU registers, since I'm an intensive FPU
> user".

wouldn't only 2 FP-intensive (compute) processes be enough for this scenario ?

> This would avoid the hardware fault after each task switch to
> that process if there were many processes using the FPU. However, this
> hasn't been implemented yet, and in practice it hasn't seemed to have
> been a problem.

and what about runnung 2+ FP cmopute jobs on a dual-PPro200 (SMP) machine ?
how often do processes switch from one CPU to another needing to save/reload
FPU registers and hardware faults ?

any rough estimation how much benefit it might be to add such a flag
for FP-bound processes if Linux is only used as "compute server" ?


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