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SubjectRe: RFC: patch to allow lock-free traversal of lists with insertion
On Tue, Oct 09, 2001 at 01:51:45PM +0530, BALBIR SINGH wrote:
> Dipankar Sarma wrote:
> >Either you see the element or you don't. If you want to avoid duplication,
> >you could do a locked search before inserting it.
> >Like I said before, lock-less lookups are useful for read-mostly
> >data. Yes, updates are costly, but if they happen rarely, you still benefit.
> >
> How does this compare to the Read-Copy-Update mechanism? Is this just another way of implementing
> it, given different usage rules.

Fundamentally, yes, RCU is a method for lock-less lookup. It is just
that RCU is elaborate enough to allow you deletion and freeing of
data as well.

Dipankar Sarma <> Project:
Linux Technology Center, IBM Software Lab, Bangalore, India.
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