Re: [RFC][PATCH] ring-buffer: Replace this_cpu_{read,write} with this_cpu_ptr()

From: Steven Rostedt
Date: Tue Mar 17 2015 - 08:13:49 EST

On Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:56:51 -0500 (CDT)
Christoph Lameter <cl@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Mon, 16 Mar 2015, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> > It has come to my attention that this_cpu_read/write are horrible on
> > architectures other than x86. Worse yet, they actually disable
> > preemption or interrupts! This caused some unexpected tracing results
> > on ARM.
> Well its just been 7 years or so. Took a long time it seems.

The code that I added was not 7 years old. And not all people send me
reports like this.

> These would need to be implemented on the architectures to
> have comparable performance.
> > I may go and remove all this_cpu_read,write() calls from my code
> > because of this.
> You could do that with __this_cpo_* but not this_cpu_*(). Doing
> it to this_cpu_* would make the operations no longer per cpu atomic. If
> they do not need per cpu atomicity then you could have used __this_cpu_*
> instead. And __this_cpu_* do not disable preemption or interrupts.

I do not need it to be atomic.

> So please do not send patches based on gut reactions.

What else would you like me to do? It was an RFC, and it worked.


For this particular patch, I may override the NAK as I do not see a
downside for it. Why should x86 get an advantage at the expense of ARM?

-- Steve

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