Re: Question about barriers for ARM on tools/perf/

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Fri May 08 2015 - 10:16:38 EST

On Fri, May 08, 2015 at 11:04:59AM -0300, Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo wrote:
> Hi Will,
> I am working on moving the stuff we have for mb/rmb/wmb from
> tools/perf/perf-sys.h to tools/include/asm/barrier.h, redirecting
> to tools/arch/$ARCH/include/asm/barrier.h, to make it look like the
> kernel and who knows, at some point even share the source code.
> For now I am getting just what is needed for work on having
> atomic.h done in the same fashion, to implement refcounts for various
> perf data structures, starting with struct thread, for which I have
> a patch that makes perf survive in high core count machines where it
> currently crashes, most nobably 'perf top'.
> While doing that I noticed that arm64 implementation, lastly
> fixed in:
> f428ebd184c82a7914b2aa7e9f868918aaf7ea78
> perf tools: Fix AAAAARGH64 memory barriers
> By peterz, it implements those barriers as:
> #define mb() asm volatile("dmb ish" ::: "memory")
> #define wmb() asm volatile("dmb ishst" ::: "memory")
> #define rmb() asm volatile("dmb ishld" ::: "memory")
> Which are not the same as in the kernel, i.e. in
> arch/arm64/include/asm/barrier.h, where the above are really smp_mb,
> smp_wmb and smp_rmb.
> Would it be enough for us to use the same implementation as the kernel?
> I.e. make it be:
> #define mb() asm volatile("dsb sy" ::: "memory")
> #define wmb() asm volatile("dsb st" ::: "memory")
> #define rmb() asm volatile("dsb ld" ::: "memory")
> ? If so I would then use those dsb/dmb macros, etc, to get tools/ to use
> the proper instructions, etc.
> I need now, for arm64, smp_mb, that is used by atomic_sub_return(), that
> in turn is used by atomic_dec_and_test(), that I need for refcounts.
> Can you clarify?

The dmb things include a fence for IO, the dsb are only for between

So for your work the dsb are fine.
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