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Date:	Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:44:48 -0400
From:	Tejun Heo <>
To:	Christoph Lameter <>
Cc:	"Paul E. McKenney" <>,
	David Howells <>,
	Linus Torvalds <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Oleg Nesterov <>,,
	Rusty Russell <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC] percpu: add data dependency barrier in percpu
 accessors and operations

Hello, Christoph.

On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 02:42:48PM -0500, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> > > I much prefer the model where the thing that -published- the pointer is
> > > responsible for memory ordering.  After all, if a task allocates some
> > > zeroed memory, uses it locally, then frees it, there is no ordering
> > > to worry about in the first place.  The memory allocator doing the
> > > initialization cannot tell how the memory is to be used, after all.
> >
> > Yeah, "publish" is a nice verb to put on it.  No objection.
> Well that "publishing" of the structure that contains the per cpu offset
> is actually what most of the current code does. So we do not need any
> additional synchronization. Clarifying the responsibility for
> synchronization being with the code which does the alloc_percpu would be
> good.

Sure, we can declare that it follows the same rules as normal memory
allocations - that is, the zeroing belongs to the allocating cpu and
propagation is fully the responsbility of users including data dep
barrier when necessary.

It seems a lot more confusing to me than normal memory allocations
mostly because the ownership isn't immediately clear; however, it
could be that we just need to clarify.

I'll think more about it.


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