MMIO and gcc re-ordering issue

Roland Dreier rdreier at
Wed May 28 04:07:05 EST 2008

 > Um, OK, you've said write twice now ... I was assuming you meant read.
 > Even on an x86, writes are posted, so there's no way a spin lock could
 > serialise a write without an intervening read to flush the posting
 > (that's why only reads have a relaxed version on altix).  Or is there
 > something else I'm missing?

Writes are posted yes, but not reordered arbitrarily.  If I have code like:

	writel(val1, reg1);
	writel(val2, reg2);

then I have a reasonable expectation that if two CPUs run this at the
same time, their writes to reg1/reg2 won't be interleaved with each
other (because the whole section is inside a spinlock).  And Altix
violates that expectation.

 - R.

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