[ubuntu-studio-devel] Disabling KPTI

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Mon Apr 2 14:07:27 UTC 2018

Has anybody already compared the DSP load/audio real-time performance,
when booting linux-lowlatency with and without the "nopti" option?

[root at archlinux rocketmouse]# systemd-nspawn -qD /mnt/moonstudio lsb_release -a
LSB Version:	core-9.20160110ubuntu0.2-amd64:core-9.20160110ubuntu0.2-noarch:security-9.20160110ubuntu0.2-amd64:security-9.20160110ubuntu0.2-noarch
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS
Release:	16.04
Codename:	xenial
[root at archlinux rocketmouse]# systemd-nspawn -qD /mnt/moonstudio apt list -a linux-lowlatency
Listing... Done
linux-lowlatency/xenial-updates,xenial-security,now amd64 [installed]
linux-lowlatency/xenial amd64

I already booted my Ubuntu install with and without "nopti", but had no
time to test performance.

Depending on booting with or without "nopti" the command
"cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/vulnerabilities/meltdown" either shows
"Mitigation: PTI" or "Vulnerable".

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