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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/5] atomic: introduce atomic_inc_not_zero
Roman Zippel wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On Thu, 15 Sep 2005, Nick Piggin wrote:
>
>
>>Roman: any ideas about what you would prefer? You'll notice
>>atomic_inc_not_zero replaces rcuref_inc_lf, which is used several times
>>in the VFS.
>
>
> In the larger picture I'm not completely happy with these scalibilty
> patches, as they add extra overhead at the lower end. On a UP system in
> general nothing beats:
>
> spin_lock();
> if (*ptr)
> ptr += 1;
> spin_unlock();
>
> The main problem is here that the atomic functions are used in two basic
> situation:
>
> 1) interrupt synchronization
> 2) multiprocessor synchronization
>
> The atomic functions have to assume both, but on UP systems it often is
> a lot cheaper if they don't have to synchronize with interrupts. So
> replacing a spinlock with a few atomic operations can hurt UP performance.
>

Maybe so, but what I'm doing is introducing a slightly better
implementation of what is currently in tree, and attempting to
follow current standards as far as possible. I don't think you
could say that is a bad thing.

Now I don't think anyone would be flat out opposed to 1 - reworking
the atomic.h code to allow some genericity (is that a word?); 2 -
reworking atomic.h code to allow combining of atomic ops, or allowing
interrupt unsafe ops...

Of course, neither is going to be merged unless done tastefully, and
I imagine both would be difficult to get right, with probably a low
cost/benefit ratio.

Thanks,
Nick

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SUSE Labs, Novell Inc.

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