"atomic" 64-bit math on 32-bit ppc's?

David Gibson david at gibson.dropbear.id.au
Wed Sep 5 11:04:05 EST 2007

On Tue, Sep 04, 2007 at 01:31:07PM +0100, Matt Sealey wrote:
> Gabriel Paubert wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 04, 2007 at 12:09:22PM +0100, Matt Sealey wrote:
> >> Hi guys,
> >>
> >> The Solaris PPC code drop included most of these functions for 32-bit ops on
> >> 32-bit PPC architectures but the 64-bit operations are not present. What I
> >> a not clear on is the operation of lwarx and stwcx. and if they will work if
> >> you are doing operations on two words at a time.
> > 
> > No. There is a single reservation for a single word.
> This is what I gathered from the programming environments manual at least.
> > the 64 bit operations inside a spinlock on PPC32, and then select the
> > number /location of spinlock(s) based on your needs, from one global
> > per machine to one per 64 bit variable if you find excessive contention.
> Okay that makes sense, but it would have to be a super global big lock,
> I don't think the code is there in ZFS to give every 64-bit variable it's
> own dedicated spinlock (kind of an overhaul) and I'm trying to be fast..

These aren't the only two options.  You could use a hashed array of
locks, based on the address where you're doing the atomic operation.

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