[PATCH v2 0/3] x86: faster mb()+other barrier.h tweaks

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Date: Tue Jan 12 2016 - 17:10:23 EST

mb() typically uses mfence on modern x86, but a micro-benchmark shows that it's
2 to 3 times slower than lock; addl $0,(%%e/rsp) that we use on older CPUs.

So let's use the locked variant everywhere - helps keep the code simple as

While I was at it, I found some inconsistencies in comments in

I hope I'm not splitting this up too much - the reason is I wanted to isolate
the code changes (that people might want to test for performance) from comment
changes approved by Linus, from (so far unreviewed) comment change I came up
with myself.

Lightly tested on my system.

Michael S. Tsirkin (3):
x86: drop mfence in favor of lock+addl
x86: drop a comment left over from X86_OOSTORE
x86: tweak the comment about use of wmb for IO

arch/x86/include/asm/barrier.h | 10 +++-------
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)