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SubjectRe: [rfc][patch] queued spinlocks (i386)
On Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 11:04:18AM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>> isnt this patented by MS? (which might not worry you SuSE/Novell guys,
>> but it might be a worry for the rest of the world ;-)

On Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 11:32:44AM +0100, Nick Piggin wrote:
> Hmm, it looks like they have implemented a system where the spinning
> cpu sleeps on a per-CPU variable rather than the lock itself, and
> the releasing cpu writes to that variable to wake it. They do this
> so that spinners don't continually perform exclusive->shared
> transitions on the lock cacheline. They call these things queued
> spinlocks. They don't seem to be very patent worthy either, but
> maybe it is what you're thinking of?

Those exclusive-to-shared transitions are among the cacheline transfers
typically accounted to the algorithms in their complexity analyses.


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