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SubjectRe: LFENCE instruction (was: [rfc][patch 3/3] x86: optimise barriers)
On Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 01:51:17PM +0800, Herbert Xu wrote:
> Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de> wrote:
> >
> > Also, for non-wb memory. I don't think the Intel document referenced
> > says anything about this, but the AMD document says that loads can pass
> > loads (page 8, rule b).
> >
> > This is why our rmb() is still an lfence.
>
> BTW, Xen (in particular, the code in drivers/xen) uses mb/rmb/wmb
> instead of smp_mb/smp_rmb/smp_wmb when it accesses memory that's
> shared with other Xen domains or the hypervisor.
>
> The reason this is necessary is because even if a Xen domain is
> UP the hypervisor might be SMP.
>
> It would be nice if we can have these adopt the new SMP barriers
> on x86 instead of the IO ones as they currently do.

That's a good point actually. Something like raw_smp_*mb, which
always orders memory, but only for regular WB operatoins. I could
put that on the todo list...

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