Re: [PATCH 1/3] mpt2sas: remove the use of writeq, since writeq isnot atomic

From: Benjamin Herrenschmidt
Date: Thu May 19 2011 - 01:39:25 EST

On Wed, 2011-05-18 at 21:16 -0700, Roland Dreier wrote:
> On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:31 AM, Milton Miller <miltonm@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > So the real question should be why is x86-32 supplying a broken writeq
> > instead of letting drivers work out what to do it when needed?
> Sounds a lot like what I was asking a couple of years ago :)
> But Ingo insisted that non-atomic writeq would be fine:

Yuck... Ingo, I think that was very wrong.

Those are for MMIO, which must almost ALWAYS know precisely what the
resulting access size is going to be. It's not even about atomicity
between multiple CPUs. I have seen plenty of HW for which a 64-bit
access to a register is -not- equivalent to two 32-bit ones. In fact, in
some case, you can get the side effects twice ... or none at all.

The only case where you can be lax is when you explicitely know that
there is no side effects -and- the HW cope with different access sizes.
This is not the general case and drivers need at the very least a way to
know what the behaviour will be.


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