Re: [GIT PULL] locking changes for v4.4

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Wed Nov 04 2015 - 11:01:16 EST

On Wed, Nov 04, 2015 at 03:51:01PM +0100, Dmitry Vyukov wrote:
> To clarify, yes, documentation and tooling was my main motivation.

Right; I don't object to having _ctrl() methods purely for documentation
purposes, I keep finding places we rely on them. Having them stand out
better might be useful.

> It is usually helpful to see acquire/release, rmb/wmb pairs, and so it
> is useful to know that something below is ordered wrt this load by
> means of a control dependency (which effectively becomes an acquire,
> and there must be a pairing release somewhere).

You need at least a trailing smp_rmb() before you cover the ACQUIRE
semantics -- or have no trailing reads at all of course.

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