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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] ring-buffer: add design document
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On Thu, 2009-06-11 at 03:53 +0800, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> +
> +cmpxchg - hardware assisted atomic transaction that performs the following:
> +
> + A = B iff previous A == C
> +
> + R = cmpxchg(A, C, B) is saying that we replace A with B if and only if
> + current A is equal to C, and we put the old (current) A into R
> +
> + R gets the previous A regardless if A is updated with B or not.
> +
> + To see if the update was successful a compare of R == C may be used.

As far as I know, some architectures have no hardware assisted (NMI
safe) cmpxchg. Is it OK to use cmpxchg in architecture-independent code?

Best Regards,
Huang Ying




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