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SubjectRe: SMP spin-locks
Kurt Garloff wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 14, 2001 at 01:26:05PM -0400, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> > Question 2: What is the purpose of the code sequence, "repz nop"
> Puts iP4 into low power mode.

Umm, slightly more accurate would be to say that it makes the P4 processor
wait before resuming the loop to give the lock a chance to have been
released. It makes the code go from a constant busy loop to a check/wait
small amount of time/check again loop. This in turns keeps your processor
from trying to constantly check the lock itself which is suppossed to have
benefits in terms of inter-processor bus pressure.


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