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From: Suresh Siddha <suresh.b.siddha@intel.com>
To: Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@oracle.com>
Cc: "Siddha, Suresh B" <suresh.b.siddha@intel.com>,
	"paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com" <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>,
	"mingo@elte.hu" <mingo@elte.hu>,
	"jeremy.fitzhardinge@citrix.com" <jeremy.fitzhardinge@citrix.com>,
	"nickpiggin@yahoo.com.au" <nickpiggin@yahoo.com.au>,
	"torvalds@linux-foundation.org" <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>,
	"linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	"Mallick, Asit K" <asit.k.mallick@intel.com>
Subject: Re: [patch] generic-ipi: fix the smp_mb() placement
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 09:30:08 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20081030163008.GL30573@linux-os.sc.intel.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20081030072029.GK31673@kernel.dk>

On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 12:20:30AM -0700, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > @@ -76,6 +72,11 @@ static void generic_exec_single(int cpu, struct call_single_data *data)
> >  	list_add_tail(&data->list, &dst->list);
> >  	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&dst->lock, flags);
> >  
> > +	/*
> > +	 * Make the list addition visible before sending the ipi.
> > +	 */
> > +	smp_mb();
> > +
> >  	if (ipi)
> >  		arch_send_call_function_single_ipi(cpu);
> 
> We can downgrade this to a smp_wmb().

No. We want the ipi receiver to see the new consistent data rather than possible
old consistent data.

And on x86, smp_wmb() is a simple barrier() (in !CONFIG_X86_OOSTORE) and
which doesn't do much in this case.

on x86 mfence (smp_mb()) will ensure that msr based APIC (x2apic) accesses (ipi)
will be visible only after the memory operations before smp_mb() are made
visible.

thanks,
suresh

  reply	other threads:[~2008-10-30 16:30 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-10-29 22:42 Suresh Siddha
2008-10-30  7:20 ` Jens Axboe
2008-10-30 16:30   ` Suresh Siddha [this message]
2008-10-30 17:25     ` Jens Axboe
2008-10-30 18:53 ` Ingo Molnar
2008-10-30 20:23   ` Suresh Siddha
2008-10-31  5:10     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-10-31  9:39       ` Ingo Molnar
2008-10-31 11:12         ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-10-31 16:53           ` Suresh Siddha
2008-10-31 20:30             ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-11-03 10:17               ` Ingo Molnar
2008-11-03 23:48                 ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2008-11-04  9:19                   ` Ingo Molnar
2008-11-04 22:25                     ` Suresh Siddha
2008-11-05  9:20                       ` Jens Axboe

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