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SubjectRe: Documentation for plain accesses and data races
On Thu, 12 Sep 2019, Paul E. McKenney wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 06, 2019 at 02:11:29PM -0400, Alan Stern wrote:

> > To this end, the LKMM imposes three extra restrictions, together
> > called the "plain-coherence" axiom because of their resemblance to the
> > coherency rules:
> >
> > If R and W conflict and it is possible to link R to W by one
> > of the xb* sequences listed above, then W ->rfe R is not
> > allowed (i.e., a load cannot read from a store that it
> > executes before, even if one or both is plain).
> >
> > If W and R conflict and it is possible to link W to R by one
> > of the vis sequences listed above, then R ->fre W is not
> > allowed (i.e., if a store is visible to a load then the load
> > must read from that store or one coherence-after it).
> >
> > If W and W' conflict and it is possible to link W to W' by one
> > of the vis sequences listed above, then W' ->co W is not
> > allowed (i.e., if one store is visible to another then it must
> > come after in the coherence order).

> I will need to read this last section again. Perhaps more than once. ;-)

I decided this part could use some improvement. Here is the updated
text:


To this end, the LKMM imposes three extra restrictions, together
called the "plain-coherence" axiom because of their resemblance to the
rules used by the operational model to ensure cache coherence (that
is, the rules governing the memory subsystem's choice of a store to
satisfy a load request and its determination of where a store will
fall in the coherence order):

If R and W conflict and it is possible to link R to W by one
of the xb* sequences listed above, then W ->rfe R is not
allowed (i.e., a load cannot read from a store that it
executes before, even if one or both is plain).

If W and R conflict and it is possible to link W to R by one
of the vis sequences listed above, then R ->fre W is not
allowed (i.e., if a store is visible to a load then the load
must read from that store or one coherence-after it).

If W and W' conflict and it is possible to link W to W' by one
of the vis sequences listed above, then W' ->co W is not
allowed (i.e., if one store is visible to a second then the
second must come after the first in the coherence order).


Alan

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