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SubjectRe: Is read barrier missed in kfifo?
On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 08:57:55AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 09:20:53AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 10:32:42AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > On Fri, May 11, 2018 at 03:25:18PM +0800, Xiao Guangrong wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Hi,
> > > >
> > > > Currently, there is no read barrier between reading the index
> > > > (kfifo.in) and fetching the real data from the fifo.
> > > >
> > > > I am afraid that will cause the vfifo is observed as not empty
> > > > however the data is not actually ready for read. Right?
> > >
> > > That code is decidedly dodgy indeed. I can only see smp_wmb() but no
> > > matching barriers at all -- therefore the code is almost certainly as
> > > good as not having any barriers at all.
> > >
> > > I would suggest you try and convert the code to smp_store_release() and
> > > smp_load_acquire() while you're at it.
> >
> > Isn't this one of the places where we rely on control dependencies?
>
> Then it bloody well should have a comment. But at least one side of the
> fifo needs a read barrier I think. We can rely on a ctrl-dep on the
> write side, where we read the head/tail values, compute space and then
> conditionally allow writes to happen.
>
> But on the read side it's all reads and ctrl-dep doesn't help anything.

Agreed, for a control depdendency to help, there does need to be a
control dependency. ;-)

Thanx, Paul

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