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SubjectRe: [PATCH] make atomic_t volatile on all architectures
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Chris Snook <csnook@redhat.com> wrote:
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> Some architectures currently do not declare the contents of an atomic_t to be
> volatile. This causes confusion since atomic_read() might not actually read
> anything if an optimizing compiler re-uses a value stored in a register, which
> can break code that loops until something external changes the value of an
> atomic_t. Avoiding such bugs requires using barrier(), which causes re-loads

Such loops should always use something like cpu_relax() which comes
with a barrier.

> of all registers used in the loop, thus hurting performance instead of helping
> it, particularly on architectures where it's unnecessary. Since we generally

Do you have an example of such a loop where performance is hurt by this?

The IPVS code that led to this patch was simply broken and has been
fixed to use cpu_relax().

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