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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] docs/memory-barriers.txt: Rewrite "KERNEL I/O BARRIER EFFECTS" section
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On Mon, 2019-02-11 at 14:34 -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 9:30 AM Will Deacon <will.deacon@arm.com> wrote:
> > +
> > + 1. All readX() and writeX() accesses to the same peripheral are ordered
> > + with respect to each other. For example, this ensures that MMIO register
> > + writes by the CPU to a particular device will arrive in program order.
>
> Hmm. I'd like more people look at strengthening this one wrt across
> CPUs and locking.
>
> Right now we document mmiowb(), but that "documentation" is really
> just a fairy tale. Very *very* few drivers actually do mmiowb() on
> their own.
>
> IOW, we should seriously just consider making the rule be that locking
> will order mmio too. Because that's practically the rule anyway.
>
> Powerpc already does it. IO within a locked region will serialize with the lock.

Yup. It's a bit ugly but I felt back then that getting drivers to use
mmiowb() properly was going to be a losing battle.

Cheers,
Ben.

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