Difference between revisions of "Xsave"

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XSAVE stands for similar x86 instruction [https://hjlebbink.github.io/x86doc/html/XSAVE.html <code>xsave</code>] which places extended processor state into a memory area. The saving can be initiated by any userspace application at any moment and size of the memory frame depends on processor features and may vary between different models. Thus if checkpoint and restore are done on different processors the next call to <code>xsave</code> may corrupt memory if sizes mismatch.
 
XSAVE stands for similar x86 instruction [https://hjlebbink.github.io/x86doc/html/XSAVE.html <code>xsave</code>] which places extended processor state into a memory area. The saving can be initiated by any userspace application at any moment and size of the memory frame depends on processor features and may vary between different models. Thus if checkpoint and restore are done on different processors the next call to <code>xsave</code> may corrupt memory if sizes mismatch.
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=== XSAVE frame sizes ===
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Before fetching frame sizes one need to figure out if <code>xsave</code> is supported at all. This should be done by <code>
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cpuid(0x00000001, &eax, &ebx, &ecx, &edx)</code> and bits 26 and 27 are both set in <code>ecx</code> if <code>xsave</code> is supported (strictly speaking bit 27 is reserved for operating system which can clear it to indicate that instruction is disabled).

Revision as of 20:02, 12 August 2018

Summary

XSAVE stands for similar x86 instruction xsave which places extended processor state into a memory area. The saving can be initiated by any userspace application at any moment and size of the memory frame depends on processor features and may vary between different models. Thus if checkpoint and restore are done on different processors the next call to xsave may corrupt memory if sizes mismatch.

XSAVE frame sizes

Before fetching frame sizes one need to figure out if xsave is supported at all. This should be done by cpuid(0x00000001, &eax, &ebx, &ecx, &edx) and bits 26 and 27 are both set in ecx if xsave is supported (strictly speaking bit 27 is reserved for operating system which can clear it to indicate that instruction is disabled).