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SubjectRe: [PATCH V2] MIPS: implement smp_cond_load_acquire() for Loongson-3
On Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 10:04:52AM +0000, David Laight wrote:
> I also suspect that 'write starvation' is also common - after all the
> purpose of the store buffer is to do reads in preference to writes in
> order to reduce the cpu stalls waiting for the memory bus (probably
> the cpu to cache interface).
>
> I think your example is just:
> *(volatile int *)xxx = 1;
> while (!*(volatile int *)yyy) continue;
> running on two cpu with xxx and yyy swapped?

Yep. And Linux has been relying on that working for (afaict) basically
forever.

> You need a stronger bus cycle in there somewhere.

Since all spin-wait loops _should_ have cpu_relax() that is the natural
place to put it.

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