Re: SMP syncronization on AMD processors (broken?)

From: Joe Seigh
Date: Mon Oct 10 2005 - 22:20:09 EST

Andi Kleen wrote:
On Tuesday 11 October 2005 02:59, Andrew Morton wrote:

I'm not advocating for changing spinlock implementation, it's just a

It would make sense in these cases if there was some primitive which we
could call which says "hey, I expect+want another CPU to grab this lock in
preference to this CPU".

I just don't know how to implement such a primitive given the guarantees
of the x86 architecture. It might be possible to do something that
works on specific CPUs, but that will likely break later.

I thought that's what the WBINVD did. Either the problem is the delayed
write buffer or the fact that the store makes the lock cache line exclusive
which gives the processor unfair advantage if it immediately tries to
reacquire the lock. WBINVD solves both of those problems.

Or you could use a spin lock implementation that didn't have that problem
to begin with.

Joe Seigh

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