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SubjectRe: MMIO and gcc re-ordering issue
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On Tue, 2008-05-27 at 10:38 -0700, Roland Dreier wrote:
> > Actually, this specifically should not be. The need for mmiowb on altix
> > is because it explicitly violates some of the PCI rules that would
> > otherwise impede performance. The compromise is that readX on altix
> > contains the needed dma flush but there's a variant operator,
> > readX_relaxed that doesn't (for drivers that know what they're doing).
> > The altix critical drivers have all been converted to use the relaxed
> > form for performance, and the unconverted ones should all operate just
> > fine (albeit potentially more slowly).
>
> Is this a recent change? Because as of October 2007, 76d7cc03
> ("IB/mthca: Use mmiowb() to avoid firmware commands getting jumbled up")
> was needed. But this was involving writel() (__raw_writel() actually,
> looking at the code), not readl(). But writel_relaxed() doesn't exist
> (and doesn't make sense).

Um, OK, you've said write twice now ... I was assuming you meant read.
Even on an x86, writes are posted, so there's no way a spin lock could
serialise a write without an intervening read to flush the posting
(that's why only reads have a relaxed version on altix). Or is there
something else I'm missing?

James




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