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SubjectRe: MMIO and gcc re-ordering issue


On Tue, 3 Jun 2008, Nick Piggin wrote:
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> Linus: on x86, memory operations to wc and wc+ memory are not ordered
> with one another, or operations to other memory types (ie. load/load
> and store/store reordering is allowed). Also, as you know, store/load
> reordering is explicitly allowed as well, which covers all memory
> types. So perhaps it is not quite true to say readl/writel is strongly
> ordered by default even on x86. You would have to put in some
> mfence instructions in them to make it so.

Well, you have to ask for WC/WC+ anyway, so it's immaterial. A driver that
does that needs to be aware of it. IOW, it's a non-issue, imnsho.

Linus


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