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Date:	Mon, 20 Aug 2007 09:15:11 -0400
From:	Chris Snook <csnook@...hat.com>
To:	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
CC:	Nick Piggin <piggin@...erone.com.au>,
	Satyam Sharma <satyam@...radead.org>,
	Herbert Xu <herbert@...dor.apana.org.au>,
	Paul Mackerras <paulus@...ba.org>,
	Christoph Lameter <clameter@....com>,
	Ilpo Jarvinen <ilpo.jarvinen@...sinki.fi>,
	"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

Linus Torvalds wrote:
> So the only reason to add back "volatile" to the atomic_read() sequence is 
> not to fix bugs, but to _hide_ the bugs better. They're still there, they 
> are just a lot harder to trigger, and tend to be a lot subtler.

What about barrier removal?  With consistent semantics we could optimize a fair 
amount of code.  Whether or not that constitutes "premature" optimization is 
open to debate, but there's no question we could reduce our register wiping in 
some places.

	-- Chris
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