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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 03/14] PM: Introduce an Energy Model management framework
Hi Quentin,

> > 1. use of a single memory barrier
> >
> > Since we are already em_pd_mutex protected, i.e. there cannot be a
> > concurrent writers, we can use one single memory barrier after the
> > loop, i.e.
> >
> > for_each_cpu(cpu, span)
> > smp_wmb()
> >
> > which should be just enough to ensure that all other CPUs will see
> > the pointer set once we release the mutex
> Right, I'm actually wondering if the memory barrier is needed at all ...
> The mutex lock()/unlock() should already ensure the ordering I want no ?
> WRITE_ONCE() should prevent load/store tearing with concurrent em_cpu_get(),
> and the release/acquire semantics of mutex lock/unlock should be enough to
> serialize the memory accesses of concurrent em_register_perf_domain() calls
> properly ...
> Hmm, let me read memory-barriers.txt again.

FYI, the directory "tools/memory-model/" provides an "automated
memory-barriers.txt": in short, you encode your "memory ordering
questions" into "litmus tests" to be passed to the tool/simulator;
the tool will then answer with "Yes/No" (plus other information).

Some preparation is required to set up and learn how to use the
LKMM tools, but once there, I expect them to be more "efficient"
than reading memory-barriers.txt... ;-) Please don't hesitate
to contact me/the LKMM maintainers if you need help with this.

You'd need some info in order to write down a _well-formed litmus
test, e.g., matching barrier/synchronization and interested memory
accesses on the reader side (IAC, the replacement "store-release
-> store-once+smp_wmb" discussed above is suspicious...).


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