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SubjectRe: Question about barriers for ARM on tools/perf/
On Fri, May 08, 2015 at 03:16:20PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, May 08, 2015 at 11:04:59AM -0300, Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo wrote:
> > Hi Will,
> >
> > I am working on moving the stuff we have for mb/rmb/wmb from
> > tools/perf/perf-sys.h to tools/include/asm/barrier.h, redirecting
> > to tools/arch/$ARCH/include/asm/barrier.h, to make it look like the
> > kernel and who knows, at some point even share the source code.
> >
> > For now I am getting just what is needed for work on having
> > atomic.h done in the same fashion, to implement refcounts for various
> > perf data structures, starting with struct thread, for which I have
> > a patch that makes perf survive in high core count machines where it
> > currently crashes, most nobably 'perf top'.
> >
> > While doing that I noticed that arm64 implementation, lastly
> > fixed in:
> >
> > f428ebd184c82a7914b2aa7e9f868918aaf7ea78
> > perf tools: Fix AAAAARGH64 memory barriers
> >
> > By peterz, it implements those barriers as:
> >
> > #define mb() asm volatile("dmb ish" ::: "memory")
> > #define wmb() asm volatile("dmb ishst" ::: "memory")
> > #define rmb() asm volatile("dmb ishld" ::: "memory")
> >
> > Which are not the same as in the kernel, i.e. in
> > arch/arm64/include/asm/barrier.h, where the above are really smp_mb,
> > smp_wmb and smp_rmb.
> >
> > Would it be enough for us to use the same implementation as the kernel?
> > I.e. make it be:
> >
> > #define mb() asm volatile("dsb sy" ::: "memory")
> > #define wmb() asm volatile("dsb st" ::: "memory")
> > #define rmb() asm volatile("dsb ld" ::: "memory")
> >
> > ? If so I would then use those dsb/dmb macros, etc, to get tools/ to use
> > the proper instructions, etc.
> >
> > I need now, for arm64, smp_mb, that is used by atomic_sub_return(), that
> > in turn is used by atomic_dec_and_test(), that I need for refcounts.
> >
> > Can you clarify?
>
> The dmb things include a fence for IO, the dsb are only for between
> CPUs.
>
> So for your work the dsb are fine.

Other way around ;)

(I relied separately anyway)

Will


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