Re: bit fields && data tearing

From: Peter Hurley
Date: Fri Sep 05 2014 - 17:12:44 EST

On 09/05/2014 04:39 PM, Michael Cree wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 05, 2014 at 04:14:48PM -0400, Peter Hurley wrote:
>> Second, in the body of the document:
>> "The Linux kernel no longer supports pre-EV56 Alpha CPUs, because these
>> older CPUs _do not provide_ atomic one-byte and two-byte loads and stores."
> Let's be clear here, the pre-EV56 Alpha CPUs do provide an atomic
> one-byte and two-byte load and store; it's just that one must use
> locked load and store sequences to achieve atomicity. The point,
> I think, is that the pre-EV56 Alpha CPUs provide non-atomic one-byte
> and two-byte load and stores as the norm, and that is the problem.

I'm all for an Alpha expert to jump in here and meet the criteria;
which is that byte stores cannot corrupt adjacent storage (nor can
aligned short stores).

To my mind, a quick look at Documentation/circular-buffers.txt will
pretty much convince anyone that trying to differentiate by execution
context is undoable.

If someone wants to make Alphas do cmpxchg loops for every byte store,
then ok. Or any other solution that doesn't require subsystem code

Peter Hurley
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