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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/8] Rework READ_ONCE() to improve codegen
On Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 5:56 PM Will Deacon <will@kernel.org> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> This is a follow-up RFC to the discussions we had on the mailing list at
> the end of last year:
>
> https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/875zimp0ay.fsf@mpe.ellerman.id.au
>
> Unfortunately, we didn't get a "silver bullet" solution out of that
> long thread, but I've tried to piece together some of the bits and
> pieces we discussed and I've ended up with this series, which does at
> least solve the pressing problem with the bitops for arm64.
>
> The rough summary of the series is:
>
> * Drop the GCC 4.8 workarounds, so that READ_ONCE() is a
> straightforward dereference of a cast-to-volatile pointer.
>
> * Require that the access is either 1, 2, 4 or 8 bytes in size
> (even 32-bit architectures tend to use 8-byte accesses here).
>
> * Introduce __READ_ONCE() for tearing operations with no size
> restriction.
>
> * Drop pointer qualifiers from scalar types, so that volatile scalars
> don't generate horrible stack-spilling mess. This is pretty ugly,
> but it's also mechanical and wrapped up in a macro.
>
> * Convert acquire/release accessors to perform the same qualifier
> stripping.
>
> I gave up trying to prevent READ_ONCE() on aggregates because it is
> pervasive, particularly within the mm/ layer on things like pmd_t.
> Thankfully, these don't tend to be volatile.
>
> I have more patches in this area because I'm trying to move all the
> read_barrier_depends() magic into arch/alpha/, but I'm holding off until
> we agree on this part first.

Looks very nice overall, thanks for working on this.

I've added a the series into my randconfig build setup to see
if I run into build-time regressions. Unfortunately there are some
conflicts with the kcsan patches in linux-next that I have to work
around first.

Arnd

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