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Date:   Tue, 5 Oct 2021 09:50:24 +0200
From:   Paolo Bonzini <>
To:     Thomas Gleixner <>,
        "Chang S. Bae" <>,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v10 10/28] x86/fpu/xstate: Update the XSTATE save function
 to support dynamic states

On 02/10/21 23:31, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> You have two options:
>    1) Always allocate the large buffer size which is required to
>       accomodate all possible features.
>       Trivial, but waste of memory.
>    2) Make the allocation dynamic which seems to be trivial to do in
>       kvm_load_guest_fpu() at least for vcpu->user_fpu.
>       The vcpu->guest_fpu handling can probably be postponed to the
>       point where AMX is actually exposed to guests, but it's probably
>       not the worst idea to think about the implications now.
> Paolo, any opinions?

Unless we're missing something, dynamic allocation should not be hard to 
do for both guest_fpu and user_fpu; either near the call sites of 
kvm_save_current_fpu, or in the function itself.  Basically adding 
something like

	struct kvm_fpu {
		struct fpu *state;
		unsigned size;
	} user_fpu, guest_fpu;

to struct kvm_vcpu.  Since the size can vary, it can be done simply with 
kzalloc instead of the x86_fpu_cache that KVM has now.

The only small complication is that kvm_save_current_fpu is called 
within fpregs_lock; the allocation has to be outside so that you can use 
GFP_KERNEL even on RT kernels.   If the code looks better with 
fpregs_lock moved within kvm_save_current_fpu, go ahead and do it like that.


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