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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] KVM: x86: avoid atomic operations on APICv vmentry
On Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 03:47:45AM -0400, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
>
> > > On Oct 14, 2016, at 11:56 AM, Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@redhat.com> wrote:
> > >>>
> > >>> for (i = 0; i <= 7; i++) {
> > >>> - pir_val = xchg(&pir[i], 0);
> > >>> - if (pir_val)
> > >>> + pir_val = READ_ONCE(pir[i]);
> > >>
> > >> Out of curiosity, do you really need this READ_ONCE?
> > >
> > > The answer can only be "depends on the compiler's whims". :)
> > > If you think of READ_ONCE as a C11 relaxed atomic load, then yes.
> >
> > Hm.. So the idea is to make the code "race-free” in the sense
> > that every concurrent memory access is done using READ_ONCE/WRITE_ONCE?
> >
> > If that is the case, I think there are many other cases that need to be
> > changed, for example apic->irr_pending and vcpu->arch.pv.pv_unhalted.
>
> There is no documentation for this in the kernel tree unfortunately.
> But yes, I think we should do that. Using READ_ONCE/WRITE_ONCE around
> memory barriers is a start.
>
> Paolo

I'm beginning to think that if a value is always (maybe except for init
where we don't much care about the code size anyway) accessed through
*_ONCE macros, we should just mark it volatile and be done with it. The
code will look cleaner, and there will be less space for errors
like forgetting *_ONCE macros.

Would such code (where all accesses are done through
READ_ONCE/WRITE_ONCE otherwise) be an exception to
volatile-considered-harmful.txt rules?

Cc Paul and Jonathan (for volatile-considered-harmful.txt).


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