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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] Add a global synchronization point for pvclock
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On Mon, 2010-04-19 at 14:13 +0300, Avi Kivity wrote:
> On 04/19/2010 01:56 PM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> >
> >
> >>> Right, do bear in mind that the x86 implementation of atomic64_read() is
> >>> terrifyingly expensive, it is better to not do that read and simply use
> >>> the result of the cmpxchg.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >> atomic64_read() _is_ cmpxchg64b. Are you thinking of some clever
> >> implementation for smp i386?
> >>
> >
> > No, what I was suggesting was to rewrite that loop no to need the
> > initial read but use the cmpxchg result of the previous iteration.
> >
> > Something like:
> >
> > u64 last = 0;
> >
> > /* more stuff */
> >
> > do {
> > if (ret< last)
> > return last;
> > last = cmpxchg64(&last_value, last, ret);
> > } while (last != ret);
> >
> > That only has a single cmpxchg8 in there per loop instead of two
> > (avoiding the atomic64_read() one).
> >
>
> Still have two cmpxchgs in the common case. The first iteration will
> fail, fetching last_value, the second will work.
>
> It will be better when we have contention, though, so it's worthwhile.

Right, another option is to put the initial read outside of the loop,
that way you'll have the best of all cases, a single LOCK'ed op in the
loop, and only a single LOCK'ed op for the fast path on sensible
architectures ;-)

last = atomic64_read(&last_value);
do {
if (ret < last)
return last;
last = atomic64_cmpxchg(&last_value, last, ret);
} while (unlikely(last != ret));
Or so.



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