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SubjectRe: Fix unlock_buffer() to work the same way as bit_unlock()
Chen, Kenneth W wrote:
> Nick Piggin wrote on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 12:11 AM
>
>>Also, I think there is still the issue of ia64 not having the
>>correct memory consistency semantics. To start with, all the bitops
>>and atomic ops which both modify their operand and return a value
>>should be full memory barriers before and after the operation,
>>according to Documentation/atomic_ops.txt.
>
> I suppose the usage of atomic ops is abused, it is used in both lock
> and unlock path. And it naturally suck because it now requires full
> memory barrier. A better way is to define 3 variants: one for lock
> path, one for unlock path, and one with full memory fence.

I agree. As I wrote a few days ago:

Why not to use separate bit operations for different purposes?

- e.g. "test_and_set_bit_N_acquire()" for lock acquisition
- "test_and_set_bit()", "clear_bit()" as they are today
- "release_N_clear_bit()"...

Thanks,

Zoltan

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