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Re: [PATCH v2 01/19] Documentation: document array_ptr

Hi Dan,

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 1:46 AM, Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> From: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@xxxxxxx>
> Document the rationale and usage of the new array_ptr() helper.
> Signed-off-by: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@xxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Will Deacon <will.deacon@xxxxxxx>
> Cc: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Jonathan Corbet <corbet@xxxxxxx>
> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@xxxxxxxxx>

Thanks for the update!

> --- /dev/null
> +++ b/Documentation/speculation.txt
> @@ -0,0 +1,142 @@
> +This document explains potential effects of speculation, and how undesirable
> +effects can be mitigated portably using common APIs.
> +
> +===========
> +Speculation
> +===========
> +
> +To improve performance and minimize average latencies, many contemporary CPUs
> +employ speculative execution techniques such as branch prediction, performing
> +work which may be discarded at a later stage.
> +
> +Typically speculative execution cannot be observed from architectural state,
> +such as the contents of registers. However, in some cases it is possible to
> +observe its impact on microarchitectural state, such as the presence or
> +absence of data in caches. Such state may form side-channels which can be
> +observed to extract secret information.
> +
> +For example, in the presence of branch prediction, it is possible for bounds
> +checks to be ignored by code which is speculatively executed. Consider the
> +following code:
> +
> +       int load_array(int *array, unsigned int idx) {

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