Re: [PATCH 2/2] tools/memory-model: Add write ordering by release-acquire and by locks

From: Andrea Parri
Date: Thu Jul 05 2018 - 14:38:50 EST

> No, I'm definitely not pushing for anything stronger. I'm still just
> wondering if the name "RCsc" is right for what you described. For
> example, Andrea just said this in a parallel email:
> > "RCsc" as ordering everything except for W -> R, without the [extra]
> > barriers

And I already regret it: the point is, different communities/people have
different things in mind when they use terms such as "RCsc" or "ordering"
and different communities seems to be represented in LKMM.

Really, I don't think that this is simply a matter of naming (personally,
I'd be OK with "foo" or whather you suggested below! ;-)). My suggestion
would be: "get in there!! ;-) please let's refrain from using terms such
as these (_overly_ overloaded) "RCsc" and "order" when talking about MCM
let's rather talk, say, about "ppo", "cumul-fence" ...


> If it's "RCsc with exceptions", doesn't it make sense to find a
> different name, rather than simply overloading the term "RCsc" with
> a subtly different meaning, and hoping nobody gets confused?
> I suppose on x86 and ARM you'd happen to get "true RCsc" anyway, just
> due to the way things are currently mapped: LOCKed RMWs and "true RCsc"
> instructions, respectively. But on Power and RISC-V, it would really
> be more "RCsc with a W->R exception", right?
> In fact, the more I think about it, this doesn't seem to be RCsc at all.
> It seems closer to "RCpc plus extra PC ordering between critical
> sections". No?
> The synchronization accesses themselves aren't sequentially consistent
> with respect to each other under the Power or RISC-V mappings, unless
> there's a hwsync in there somewhere that I missed? Or a rule
> preventing stw from forwarding to lwarx? Or some other higher-order
> effect preventing it from being observed anyway?
> So that's all I'm suggesting here. If you all buy that, maybe "RCpccs"
> for "RCpc with processor consistent critical section ordering"?
> I don't have a strong opinion on the name itself; I just want to find
> a name that's less ambiguous or overloaded.
> Dan