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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 18/18] infiniband: cxgb4: Eliminate duplicate barriers on weakly-ordered archs
On 3/16/2018 7:05 PM, Steve Wise wrote:
>> On 3/16/2018 5:05 PM, Steve Wise wrote:
>>>> Code includes wmb() followed by writel(). writel() already has a barrier
>>> on
>>>> some architectures like arm64.
>>>> This ends up CPU observing two barriers back to back before executing
>> the
>>>> register write.
>>>> Since code already has an explicit barrier call, changing writel() to
>>>> writel_relaxed().
>>>> Signed-off-by: Sinan Kaya <>
>>> NAK - This isn't correct for PowerPC. For PowerPC, writeX_relaxed() is just
>>> writeX().
>>> I was just looking at this with Chelsio developers, and they said the
>>> writeX() should be replaced with __raw_writeX(), not writeX_relaxed(), to
>>> get rid of the extra barrier for all architectures.
>> OK. I can do that but isn't the problem at PowerPC adaptation?
>> /*
>> * We don't do relaxed operations yet, at least not with this semantic
>> */
>> #define readb_relaxed(addr) readb(addr)
>> #define readw_relaxed(addr) readw(addr)
>> #define readl_relaxed(addr) readl(addr)
>> #define readq_relaxed(addr) readq(addr)
>> #define writeb_relaxed(v, addr) writeb(v, addr)
>> #define writew_relaxed(v, addr) writew(v, addr)
>> #define writel_relaxed(v, addr) writel(v, addr)
>> #define writeq_relaxed(v, addr) writeq(v, addr)
>> Why don't we fix the PowerPC's relaxed operators? Is that a bigger task?
> I don't know the answer, but perhaps the proper fix is to correctly implement these for PPC?

I found this article:

Apparently, this issue was discussed at a conference in 2015.

Based on how I read this article, writel() and writel_relaxed() behave exactly
the same on PowerPC because the barrier is enforced by the time code is leaving
a critical section not during MMIO execution.

I also see that __raw_writel() is being heavily used in drivers directory.

I'll change writel_relaxed() with __raw_writel() in the series like you suggested
and also look at your other comments.

This seems to be the current norm.

>> >From API perspective both __raw_writeX() and writeX_relaxed() are
>> correct.
>> It is just PowerPC doesn't seem the follow the definition yet.

Sinan Kaya
Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. as an affiliate of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is a member of the Code Aurora Forum, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.

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