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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/3] tools/memory-model: Add litmus tests for atomic APIs
On Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 10:27:44AM -0500, Alan Stern wrote:
> On Fri, 14 Feb 2020, Boqun Feng wrote:
>
> > A recent discussion raises up the requirement for having test cases for
> > atomic APIs:
> >
> > https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200213085849.GL14897@hirez.programming.kicks-ass.net/
> >
> > , and since we already have a way to generate a test module from a
> > litmus test with klitmus[1]. It makes sense that we add more litmus
> > tests for atomic APIs into memory-model.
>
> It might be worth discussing this point a little more fully. The

I'm open to any suggestion, and ...

> set of tests in tools/memory-model/litmus-tests/ is deliberately rather
> limited. Paul has a vastly more expansive set of litmus tests in a

I'm OK if we want to limit the number of litmus tests in
tools/memory-model/litmus-tests directory. But ...

> GitHub repository, and I am doubtful about how many new tests we want
> to keep in the kernel source.
>

I think we all agree we want to use litmus tests as much as possbile for
discussing locking/parallel programming/memory model related problems,
right? This is benefical for both kernel and the herd tool, as they can
improve each other.

Atomic APIs (perhaps even {READ,WRITE}_ONCE(), smp_load_acquire() and
smp_store_release()) have been longing for some more concrete examples
as a complement for the semantics description in the docs, so that
people can check their understandings. Further, with the help of
klitmus, the litmus tests can be a useful tool for testing if a new arch
support is added to kernel. That's why I plan to add litmus tests into
kernel source.

Thoughts?

Regards,
Boqun

> Perhaps it makes sense to have tests corresponding to all the examples
> in Documentation/, perhaps not. How do people feel about this?
>
> Alan
>

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