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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/2] parisc: define stronger ordering for the default readX()
On 4/17/2018 6:53 PM, John David Anglin wrote:
> On 2018-04-17 2:28 PM, Sinan Kaya wrote:
>> The correct terminology here would be to use observability. Yes, it can be
>> cached in whatever part of the system for some amount of time as long as
>> PCI device sees it in the correct order.
>> Let's do this exercise.
>> 1. OS writes to memory for some descriptor update
>> 2. OS writes to the device via writel to hit a doorbell
>> 3. Device comes and fetches the memory contents for the descriptor
>> writel() of PA-RISC needs to ensure that 3. cannot bypass 1. This is typically
>> done by a write barrier embedded into the writel() on relaxed architectures.
> The sequence point after the argument evaluation for writel prevents the compiler from reordering
> 1 and 2.  Accesses to I/O space are strongly ordered on PA-RISC, so 1 must occur before 2 (Page G-1
> of the PA-RISC 2.0 Architecture).  Thus, the current code is okay.

Many thanks for the clarification.

> Dave

Sinan Kaya
Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. as an affiliate of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is a member of the Code Aurora Forum, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.

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