On Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 02:51:27PM -0400, Ben Cotton wrote:
After preliminary discussions with CPU vendors, we propose AVX2 as
new baseline. AVX2 support was introduced into CPUs from 2013 to
2015. See [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Vector_Extensions#CPUs_with_AVX2
CPUs with AVX2].
While one can make a reasonable argument to bump the baseline to
something newer than the very first K8 implmentation, jumping all the
way up to AVX2 is insane, because it will render Fedora useless on all
but the most recent generations of CPUs.
Because _introduced_ is long, long way from _deployed_.
Even today Intel continues to sell modern-but-non-AVX-capable CPUs under
their Pentium and Celeron brands. Are we going to exclude all of those
As an example, of the what, dozen or so systems I have Fedora installed
on today, only one supports AVX2. Three of them don't even support AVX1
(AMD 10h and 14h). This means that come Fedora 32, I'll be faced with
the choice of replacing nearly every bit of kit I own.
But since anectdote != data, are there any sort of deployment numbers
out there that show how many Fedora deployments are on AVX-capable
Fedora will use current CPUs more efficiently, increasing
and reducing power consumption.
I think we need to see some actual benchmarks demonstrating this. For
the core kernel and system libraries rather than microbenchmarks or
specific applications that already sport AVX codepaths.
BTW, it wasn't until mid-late-2018 that AAA games started to require
Moreover, when Fedora is advertised as a distribution by a compute
service provider, users can be certain that their AVX2-optimized
software will run in this environment.
So.. hosting providers and their users are now the sole Fedora audience?
* Other developers: Other developers may have to adjust test suites
which expect exact floating point results, and correct linking with
<code>libatomic</code>. They will also have to upgrade their x86-64
machines to something that can execute AVX2 instructions.
Yeah, "they just have to upgrade their systems".
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