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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Documentation: atomic_t.txt: Explain ordering provided by smp_mb__{before,after}_atomic()
On Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 06:21:16AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 02:17:15PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 01:54:40AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > > 3. Make non-value-returning atomics provide full ordering.
> > > This would of course need some benchmarking, but would be a
> > > simple change to make and would eliminate a large class of
> > > potential bugs. My guess is that the loss in performance
> > > would be non-negligible, but who knows?
> >
> > Well, only for the architectures that have
> > smp_mb__{before,after}_atomic() as barrier(), which are: ia64, mips,
> > s390, sparc, x86 and xtense.
>
> The weakly ordered architectures would need to add the equivalent of
> smp_mb() before and after, right? This might result in a more noticeable
> loss of performance.

The weak archs already have: smp_mb__{before,after}_atomic() :=
smp_mb().


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