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Date:	Mon, 10 Sep 2007 14:50:41 -0700
From:	"Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
To:	Christoph Lameter <clameter@....com>
Cc:	Segher Boessenkool <segher@...nel.crashing.org>,
	Paul Mackerras <paulus@...ba.org>, heiko.carstens@...ibm.com,
	horms@...ge.net.au, Stefan Richter <stefanr@...6.in-berlin.de>,
	Satyam Sharma <satyam@...radead.org>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>,
	Ilpo Järvinen <ilpo.jarvinen@...sinki.fi>,
	ak@...e.de, cfriesen@...tel.com, rpjday@...dspring.com,
	Netdev <netdev@...r.kernel.org>, jesper.juhl@...il.com,
	linux-arch@...r.kernel.org,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>, zlynx@....org,
	schwidefsky@...ibm.com, Chris Snook <csnook@...hat.com>,
	Herbert Xu <herbert@...dor.apana.org.au>,
	Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>,
	wensong@...ux-vs.org, wjiang@...ilience.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/24] make atomic_read() behave consistently across all architectures

On Mon, Sep 10, 2007 at 02:36:26PM -0700, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Sep 2007, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> 
> > The one exception to this being the case where process-level code is
> > communicating to an interrupt handler running on that same CPU -- on
> > all CPUs that I am aware of, a given CPU always sees its own writes
> > in order.
> 
> Yes but that is due to the code path effectively continuing in the 
> interrupt handler. The cpu makes sure that op codes being executed always 
> see memory in a consistent way. The basic ordering problem with out of 
> order writes is therefore coming from other processors concurrently 
> executing code and holding variables in registers that are modified 
> elsewhere. The only solution that I know of are one or the other form of 
> barrier.

So we are agreed then -- volatile accesses may be of some assistance when
interacting with interrupt handlers running on the same CPU (presumably
when using per-CPU variables), but are generally useless when sharing
variables among CPUs.  Correct?

							Thanx, Paul
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