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SubjectRe: test_and_set_bit() not atomic forever? [cli/sti in char/vt.c [patch]]
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> > processors. With a single processor, the net effect of the extra
> > unneeded lock prefix is a double performance loss: 1) a memory cycle
> > loss to read each lock prefix 2) since locked instruction cycles are
> > noncacheable, this can result in the loss of _many_ clock cycles.
>
> Indeed, especially those aiming to have one kernel run on everything.
>
> Perhaps a fixup table to convert all the `lock's to `nop's at
> initialisation time?

It isnt worth the effort, with all the other SMP entanglements lock is
a minor issue. Just compile the right kernel


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