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Subject[PATCH v3 2/3] arm64: Remove smp_mb() from arch_spin_is_locked()
Commit 38b850a73034f ("arm64: spinlock: order spin_{is_locked,unlock_wait}
against local locks") added an smp_mb() to arch_spin_is_locked(), in order
"to ensure that the lock value is always loaded after any other locks have
been taken by the current CPU", and reported one example (the "insane case"
in ipc/sem.c) relying on such guarantee.

It is however understood that spin_is_locked() is not required to provide
such an ordering guarantee (a guarantee that is currently not provided by
all the implementations/archs), and that callers relying on such ordering
should instead insert suitable memory barriers before acting on the result
of spin_is_locked().

Following a recent auditing [1] of the callers of {,raw_}spin_is_locked(),
revealing that none of them are relying on the ordering guarantee anymore,
this commit removes the leading smp_mb() from the primitive thus reverting


Signed-off-by: Andrea Parri <>
Acked-by: Will Deacon <>
Cc: Catalin Marinas <>
Cc: Will Deacon <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
Cc: "Paul E. McKenney" <>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <>
arch/arm64/include/asm/spinlock.h | 5 -----
1 file changed, 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/arm64/include/asm/spinlock.h b/arch/arm64/include/asm/spinlock.h
index ebdae15d665de..26c5bd7d88d8d 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/include/asm/spinlock.h
+++ b/arch/arm64/include/asm/spinlock.h
@@ -122,11 +122,6 @@ static inline int arch_spin_value_unlocked(arch_spinlock_t lock)

static inline int arch_spin_is_locked(arch_spinlock_t *lock)
- /*
- * Ensure prior spin_lock operations to other locks have completed
- * on this CPU before we test whether "lock" is locked.
- */
- smp_mb(); /* ^^^ */
return !arch_spin_value_unlocked(READ_ONCE(*lock));

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