9 Jan 2013 sness   » (Journeyer)

When EC2 Hardware Changes Underneath You… | PiCloud Blog

When EC2 Hardware Changes Underneath You… | PiCloud Blog: "Amazon seems to have disabled the OSXSAVE feature at the hypervisor layer on their new Xeon E5-2665 based m2.* series of instances. This may just be because their version of the Xen hypervisor that manages these instances lacks support for handling AVX registers in context switching. But even if support does exist in the hypervisor, it makes sense to disable AVX for the m2.* family as long as there are Xeon X5550 based instances. Imagine compiling a program on an m2.xlarge EBS instance, thinking you had AVX support, and then upon stopping/starting the instance, finding that the program crashes, because your instance now runs on older hardware that doesn’t have AVX support! A downside of VM migration is that all your hardware must advertise the least common denominator of capabilities."

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