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SubjectRe: [patch 00/28] Add cmpxchg64_local and cmpxchg_local to each architecture
* Christoph Lameter (clameter@sgi.com) wrote:
> On Mon, 27 Aug 2007, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
>
> > Here is the patch series for 2.6.23-rc3-mm1 that adds cmpxchg_local, and now
> > also cmpxchg64_local, to each architecture.
>
> Any planned uses of cmpxchg64_local?

Let's say it could possibly eliminate the xtime read seqlock on x86
(should be investigated) and can be useful to overcome the
non-synchronized TSC handling when taking TSC-based timestamps. All
these operations require locking to play with 64 bits values on 32 bits
architectures, which could be improved by cmpxchg64_local.

But again, it would require some testing to see if we can improve
performances there.

Mathieu

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