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From: Ingo Molnar (mingo@elte.hu)
Date: Wed Dec 15 2004 - 03:52:57 EST

* Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org> wrote:

> > find the correct patch below. I've tested it with an NMI watchdog
> > frequency artificially increased to 10 KHz, and i've instrumented the
> > new branch in the NMI handler, but even under heavy IRQ load i was not
> > able to trigger the branch. Maybe newer CPUs handle this case somehow
> > and make sti;hlt truly atomic?
> Now that you mention it, I have this dim memory of the one-instruction
> "sti-shadow" actually disabling NMI's (and debug traps) too. The CPU
> literally doesn't test for async events following "sti".

i ran the stresstest overnight with the 10 KHz NMI, and not a single
time did the new branch trigger, out of hundreds of millions of IRQs and
NMIs. I think this suggests that the race doesnt exist in current CPUs.

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