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SubjectRe: [patch 04/41] cpu ops: Core piece for generic atomic per cpu operations
On Thu, 29 May 2008 22:17:55 -0700 (PDT) Christoph Lameter <> wrote:

> > > local_t is also very specific to the x86 processor.
> >
> > And alpha, m32r, mips and powerpc, methinks. Probably others, but
> > people just haven't got around to it.
> No local_t does not do the relocation of the address to the correct percpu
> area. It requies disabling of interrupts etc.

No it doesn't. Look:

static inline void local_inc(local_t *l)
asm volatile(_ASM_INC "%0"
: "+m" (l->a.counter));

> Its not atomic (wrt
> interrupts) because of that.

Yes it is.

> > I think I'll need to come back another time to understand all that ;)
> >
> > Thanks for writing it up carefully.
> Well this stuff is so large in scope that I have difficulties keeping
> everything straight.
> > I wonder if all this stuff should be in a new header file.
> >
> > We could get lazy and include that header from percpu.h if needed.
> But then its related to percpu operations and relies extensively on the
> various percpu.h files in asm-generic and asm-arch and include/linux

Well that should be fixed. We should never have mixed the
alloc_percpu() and DEFINE_PER_CPU things inthe same header. They're

otoh as you propose removing the old alloc_percpu() I guess the end
result is no worse than what we presently have.

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