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Subject[PATCH] only irq-safe atomic ops
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The following patch implements i386 versions of atomic_inc and
atomic_dec that are LOCK-less but provide IRQ-atomicity and act as a
memory-barrier.

An applicable use would be data that needs to be IRQ-safe but not
SMP-safe (or, more likely, is already SMP-safe for some other reason).

Additionally, these variants could prevent having to use
preempt_disable/enable or "full" atomic ops around per-CPU data with a
preemptible kernel.

The patch is against 2.5.5. Enjoy,

Robert Love

diff -urN linux-2.5.5/include/asm-i386/atomic.h linux/include/asm-i386/atomic.h
--- linux-2.5.5/include/asm-i386/atomic.h Tue Feb 19 21:10:58 2002
+++ linux/include/asm-i386/atomic.h Fri Feb 22 22:42:02 2002
@@ -111,6 +111,21 @@
}

/**
+ * atomic_inc_irq - increment atomic variable
+ * @v: pointer of type atomic_t
+ *
+ * This is an IRQ-safe and memory-barrier
+ * increment without lock
+ */
+static __inline__ void atomic_inc_irq(atomic_t *v)
+{
+ __asm__ __volatile__(
+ "incl %0"
+ :"=m" (v->counter)
+ :"m" (v->counter));
+}
+
+/**
* atomic_dec - decrement atomic variable
* @v: pointer of type atomic_t
*
@@ -124,6 +139,21 @@
:"=m" (v->counter)
:"m" (v->counter));
}
+
+/**
+ * atomic_dec_irq - decrement atomic variable
+ * @v: pointer of type atomic_t
+ *
+ * This is an IRQ-safe and memory-barrier
+ * decrement without lock
+ */
+static __inline__ void atomic_dec_irq(atomic_t *v)
+{
+ __asm__ __volatile__(
+ "decl %0"
+ :"=m" (v->counter)
+ :"m" (v->counter));
+}

/**
* atomic_dec_and_test - decrement and test

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