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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 2/3] push CPUID level to 4 to allow Intel multic

From: Jamie Lokier
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 2/3] push CPUID level to 4 to allow Intel multicore decoding
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 20:30:23 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

Andre Przywara wrote:
> The other option would be to push the level only to four if we use more 
> than one thread or core.
> In my research it turned out that Intel pushed the level beyond 4
> with Pentium4 Prescott (probably with the introduction of real dual
> core chips to differentiate threads and cores), so this is quite
> some time ago.

Pentium 4 wasn't that long ago, from a point of view of running legacy

I see quite a lot of code in Linux (to pick an example - presumably
also other OSes) which checks for things by looking at model and
family number, so I wonder if it's wise to depart a long way from
CPUIDs which resemble real hardware which has existed.

We've already seen a problem along these lines, which was the x86
CPUID_SEP feature not getting used properly, but that was quite well
hidden, only affecting one application (Skype) on Windows.

Could it make more sense to, in effect, upgrade the default CPUID
to Pentium 4 (instead of Pentium Pro) when cores > 1?

-- Jamie

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