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SubjectRe: [patch][rfc] rwsem: generic rwsem
On Fri, Dec 08, 2006 at 01:58:42PM +0000, David Howells wrote:
> Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de> wrote:
> > > Look at how the counter works in the XADD-based version. That's the way
> > > it is *because* I'm using XADD. That's quite limiting.
> >
> > Not really. ll/sc architectures "emulate" xadd the same as they would
> > emulate a spinlock. There is nothing suboptimal about it.
>
> Yes, really. You've missed the point entirely. Look at *how* the counter
> *works*.

OK, I've looked but I can't see how you would make it more optimal on
an ll/sc architecture. The atomic_add_return variant has no more atomic
or barrier operations than the spinlock one, and it has less loads and
branches.
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