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SubjectRe: Question on smp_mb__before_spinlock
On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 12:27:08PM +1000, Nicholas Piggin wrote:
> On Wed, 7 Sep 2016 15:23:54 +0200
> Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:

> > Interesting idea..
> >
> > So I'm not a fan of that raw_spin_lock wrapper, since that would end up
> > with a lot more boiler-plate code than just the one extra barrier.
>
> #ifndef sched_ctxsw_raw_spin_lock
> #define sched_ctxsw_raw_spin_lock(lock) raw_spin_lock(lock)
> #endif
>
> #define sched_ctxsw_raw_spin_lock(lock) do { smp_mb() ; raw_spin_lock(lock); } while (0)

I was thinking you wanted to avoid the lwsync in arch_spin_lock()
entirely, at which point you'll grow more layers. Because then you get
an arch_spin_lock_mb() or something and then you'll have to do the
raw_spin_lock wrappery for that.

Or am I missing the point of having the raw_spin_lock wrapper, as
opposed to the extra barrier after it?

Afaict the benefit of having that wrapper is so you can avoid issuing
multiple barriers.

> > But moving MMIO/DMA/TLB etc.. barriers into this spinlock might not be a
> > good idea, since those are typically fairly heavy barriers, and its
> > quite common to call schedule() without ending up in switch_to().
>
> That's true I guess, but if we already have the arch specific smp_mb__
> specifically for this context switch code, and you are asking for them to
> implement *cacheable* memory barrier vs migration, then I see no reason
> not to allow them to implement uncacheable as well.
>
> You make a good point about schedule() without switch_to(), but
> architectures will still have no less flexibility than they do now.

Ah, so you're saying make it optional where they put it? I was initially
thinking you wanted to add it to the list of requirements. Sure,
optional works.

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