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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 5/5] psi: introduce psi monitor
On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 4:38 AM Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
>
> On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 01:15:18PM -0800, Suren Baghdasaryan wrote:
> > + atomic_set(&group->polling, polling);
> > + /*
> > + * Memory barrier is needed to order group->polling
> > + * write before times[] read in collect_percpu_times()
> > + */
> > + smp_mb__after_atomic();
>
> That's broken, smp_mb__{before,after}_atomic() can only be used on
> atomic RmW operations, something atomic_set() is _not_.

Oh, I didn't realize that. After reading the following example from
atomic_ops.txt I was under impression that smp_mb__after_atomic()
would make changes done by atomic_set() visible:

/* All memory operations before this call will
* be globally visible before the clear_bit().
*/
smp_mb__before_atomic();
clear_bit( ... );
/* The clear_bit() will be visible before all
* subsequent memory operations.
*/
smp_mb__after_atomic();

but I'm probably missing something. Is there a more detailed
description of these rules anywhere else?

Meanwhile I'll change smp_mb__after_atomic() into smp_mb(). Would that
fix the ordering?

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