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SubjectRe: Why Semaphore Hardware-Dependent?
On Tue, 29 Aug 2006, David Howells wrote:

> Ralf Baechle <ralf@linux-mips.org> wrote:
>
> > > Which arches do not support cmpxchg?
> >
> > MIPS, Alpha - probably any pure RISC load/store architecture.
>
> Some of these have LL/SC or equivalent instead, but ARM5 and before, FRV, M68K
> before 68020 to name but a few.

This is all pretty ancient hardware, right? And they are mostly single
processor so no need to worry about concurrency. Just disable interrupts.

> And anything that implements CMPXCHG with spinlocks is a really bad candidate
> for CMPXCHG-based rwsems.

Those will optimize out if it is a single processor configuration.

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