Re: [PATCH 2/4] arch: Add lightweight memory barriers fast_rmb() and fast_wmb()

From: Benjamin Herrenschmidt
Date: Mon Nov 17 2014 - 20:43:18 EST

On Mon, 2014-11-17 at 12:24 -0800, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> Yes and no. So for example on ARM I used the dmb() operation, however
> I
> have to use the barrier at the system level instead of just the inner
> shared domain. However on many other architectures they are just the
> same as the smp_* variants.
> Basically the resultant code is somewhere between the smp and non-smp
> barriers in terms of what they cover.

There I don't quite follow you. You need to explain better especially in
the documentation because otherwise people will get it wrong...

If it's ordering in the coherent domain, I fail to see how a DMA agent
is different than another processor when it comes to barriers, so I fail
to see the difference with smp_*

I understand the MMIO vs. memory issue, we do have the same on powerpc,
but that other aspect eludes me.


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