Mill Computing, Inc. Forums The Mill Architecture Meltdown and Spectre Reply To: Meltdown and Spectre

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To describe the problem:

An instruction is speculated. The speculated instruction has one side effect: it fills a cache line (with valid data). The specific line that is filled depends on data that is not accessible. After the speculated instruction is discarded, the program can check which cache line got filled and use that to determine what the inaccessible value was.

The mill can speculate a lot of instructions in advance, and the speculation can fill cache lines no problem.

I believe the mill would not be vulnerable to this problem because reading the inaccessible data will simply return a NaR which will be passed to the subsequent speculative operations. The actual data never makes it to the cpu correct? on x86, the data makes it to the CPU before the page fault is generated, so a couple instructions can be speculated using that value.