Re: [PATCH 2/2] arm64: bpf: add BPF XADD instruction

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Wed Nov 11 2015 - 13:54:34 EST

On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 07:44:27PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 07:31:28PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > Add new one that does 'fetch_and_add' ? What is the real use case it
> > > will be used for?
> >
> > Look at all the atomic_{add,dec}_return*() users in the kernel. A typical
> > example would be a reader-writer lock implementations. See
> > include/asm-generic/rwsem.h for examples.
> Maybe a better example would be refcounting, where you free on 0.
> if (!fetch_add(&obj->ref, -1))
> free(obj);

Urgh, too used to the atomic_add_return(), which returns post op. That
wants to be:

if (fetch_add(&obj->ref, -1) == 1)

Note that I would very much recommend _against_ encoding the post-op
thing in instructions. It works for reversible operations (like add) but
is pointless for irreversible operations (like or).

That is, given or_return(), you cannot reconstruct the state
prior to the operation, so or_return() provides less information than

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