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Date:   Fri, 1 May 2020 12:42:15 +0200
From:   Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>
To:     "Jason A. Donenfeld" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] drm/i915: check to see if SIMD registers are available
 before using SIMD

On 2020-04-30 16:10:16 [-0600], Jason A. Donenfeld wrote:
> Sometimes it's not okay to use SIMD registers, the conditions for which
> have changed subtly from kernel release to kernel release. Usually the
> pattern is to check for may_use_simd() and then fallback to using
> something slower in the unlikely case SIMD registers aren't available.
> So, this patch fixes up i915's accelerated memcpy routines to fallback
> to boring memcpy if may_use_simd() is false.

That would indicate that these functions are used from IRQ/softirq which
break otherwise if the kernel is also using the registers. The crypto
code uses it for that purpose.

   Reviewed-by: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>

May I ask how large the memcpy can be? I'm asking in case it is large
and an explicit rescheduling point might be needed.

> Cc:
> Signed-off-by: Jason A. Donenfeld <>


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