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Date:	Tue, 27 Oct 2009 07:51:43 -0400
From:	Valdis.Kletnieks@...edu
To:	"Leonidas ." <leonidas137@...il.com>
Cc:	Chris Friesen <cfriesen@...tel.com>,
	Noah Watkins <noah@...hdesu.com>,
	linux-kernel <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: Difference between atomic operations and memory barriers

On Tue, 27 Oct 2009 00:30:45 +0530, "Leonidas ." said:

> So we can safely assume that pointer assignment will be done in an
> atomic manner?

Has anybody ever actually made a *production* CPU that had non-atomic
pointer assignments?  And how long before the crazed programmers lynched
and burned the offending CPU designer at the stake? ;)

Non-atomic pointer assignments are the CPU design equivalent of Vogon poetry.
Just Say No. With a shotgun if needed.

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