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Date:	Fri, 17 Aug 2007 11:53:42 +0800
From:	Herbert Xu <herbert@...dor.apana.org.au>
To:	Paul Mackerras <paulus@...ba.org>
Cc:	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Christoph Lameter <clameter@....com>,
	Chris Snook <csnook@...hat.com>,
	Ilpo J?rvinen <ilpo.jarvinen@...sinki.fi>,
	Satyam Sharma <satyam@...radead.org>,
	"Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>,
	Stefan Richter <stefanr@...6.in-berlin.de>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	linux-arch@...r.kernel.org, Netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>, ak@...e.de,
	heiko.carstens@...ibm.com, David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>,
	schwidefsky@...ibm.com, wensong@...ux-vs.org, horms@...ge.net.au,
	wjiang@...ilience.com, cfriesen@...tel.com, zlynx@....org,
	rpjday@...dspring.com, jesper.juhl@...il.com,
	segher@...nel.crashing.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/24] make atomic_read() behave consistently across all architectures

On Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 01:43:27PM +1000, Paul Mackerras wrote:
>
> The cost of doing so seems to me to be well down in the noise - 44
> bytes of extra kernel text on a ppc64 G5 config, and I don't believe
> the extra few cycles for the occasional extra load would be measurable
> (they should all hit in the L1 dcache).  I don't mind if x86[-64] have
> atomic_read/set be nonvolatile and find all the missing barriers, but
> for now on powerpc, I think that not having to find those missing
> barriers is worth the 0.00076% increase in kernel text size.

BTW, the sort of missing barriers that triggered this thread
aren't that subtle.  It'll result in a simple lock-up if the
loop condition holds upon entry.  At which point it's fairly
straightforward to find the culprit.

Cheers,
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