[linux-fbdev] Re: readl() and friends and eieio on PPC

Paul Mackerras paulus at cs.anu.edu.au
Thu Aug 12 10:17:34 EST 1999

Richard Henderson <rth at cygnus.com> wrote:

> Definitely.  Alpha's wmb and mb are very similar to ppc's sync and eieio.

Sync and eieio are different in that for sync, the cpu actually stops
and waits for all memory accesses to complete, whereas for eieio the
cpu doesn't have to stop and wait for anything.  Do alpha's mb and wmb
work the same way?

My position is that if you can provide the ordering at essentially
zero cost, then it is an advantage to have it since more drivers will
work that way.


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