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SubjectRe: [RFC, PATCH 1/2] qrcu: "quick" srcu implementation
On Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 06:37:57AM +0300, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> On 11/30, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> >
> > On 11/29, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > >
> > > Hmmm... Now I am wondering if the memory barriers inherent in the
> > > __wait_event() suffice for this last barrier... :-/ Thoughts?
> > >
> > > > + smp_mb();
> >
> > Fastpath skips __wait_event(), and it is possible that the reader does
> > lock/unlock between the first 'mb()' and 'if (atomic_read() == 1)'.
>
> In fact, a slow path needs (I think) it too. We can have an unrelated
> wakeup, and then the reader does unlock() before we check !atomic_read()
> in the __wait_event()'s loop. The reader removes us from ->wq, in that
> case finish_wait() does nothing.

Good point -- I was forgetting about the fastpath checks in __wait_event().

How about something like this?

/*
* The following memory barrier is needed to perserve ordering
* in the case where __wait_event() follows its fastpath,
* which includes neither locks nor memory barriers.
*/

Thanx, Paul
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