On Sun 2018-02-11 11:42:47, Andy Lutomirski wrote: > > > On Feb 11, 2018, at 9:40 AM, Mark D Rustad <mrus...@gmail.com> wrote: > > >> On Feb 11, 2018, at 2:59 AM, Adam Borowski <kilob...@angband.pl> wrote: > >> > >>> Does Debian make it easy to upgrade to a 64-bit kernel if you have a > >>> 32-bit install? > >> > >> Quite easy, yeah. Crossgrading userspace is not for the faint of the > >> heart, > >> but changing just the kernel is fine. > > > > ISTR that iscsi doesn't work when running a 64-bit kernel with a 32-bit > > userspace. I remember someone offered kernel patches to fix it, but I think > > they were rejected. I haven't messed with that stuff in many years, so > > perhaps the userspace side now has accommodation for it. It might be > > something to check on. > > > > At the risk of suggesting heresy, should we consider removing x86_32 support > at some point?
We have just found out that majority of 64-bit machines are broken in rather fundamental ways (Spectre) and Intel does not even look interested in fixing that (because it would make them look bad on benchmarks). Even when the Spectre bug is mitigated... this looks like can of worms that can not be closed. OTOH -- we do know that there are non-broken machines out there, unfortunately they are mostly 32-bit :-). Removing support for majority of working machines may not be good idea... [And I really hope future CPUs get at least option to treat cache miss as a side-effect -- thus disalowed during speculation -- and probably option to turn off speculation altogether. AFAICT, it should "only" result in 50% slowdown -- or that was result in some riscv presentation.] Pavel -- (english) http://www.livejournal.com/~pavelmachek (cesky, pictures) http://atrey.karlin.mff.cuni.cz/~pavel/picture/horses/blog.html
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