Re: bit fields && data tearing

From: Peter Hurley
Date: Thu Sep 04 2014 - 15:42:55 EST

On 09/04/2014 12:50 PM, One Thousand Gnomes wrote:
>> Besides updating the documentation, it may make sense to do something
>> arch-specific. Just bumping out storage on arches that don't need it
>> seems wasteful, as does generating bus locks on arches that don't need it.
>> Unfortunately, the code churn looks unavoidable.
> The arch specific is pretty much set_bit and friends. Bus locks on a
> locally owned cache line should not be very expensive on anything vaguely
> modern, while uniprocessor boxes usually only have to generate set_bit
> as a single instruction so it is interrupt safe.

Or we could give up on the Alpha.

It's not just the non-atomic bytes; we could do away with the
read_barrier_depends() which hardly any code gets correctly anyway.

Peter Hurley

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