[RFC 3/5] powerpc: atomic: implement atomic{,64}_{add,sub}_return_* variants

Pranith Kumar bobby.prani at gmail.com
Thu Sep 3 01:23:08 AEST 2015

Hi Will,

On 09/02/2015 05:59 AM, Will Deacon wrote:
> I just thought it was worth making this point, because it is prohibited
> in SC and I don't want people to think that our RELEASE/ACQUIRE operations
> are SC (even though they happen to be on arm64).

This is interesting information. Does that mean that the following patch
should work? (I am not proposing to use it, just trying to understand if 
REL+ACQ will act as a full barrier on ARM64, which you say it does).


diff --git a/arch/arm64/include/asm/cmpxchg.h b/arch/arm64/include/asm/cmpxchg.h
index d8c25b7..14a1b35 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/include/asm/cmpxchg.h
+++ b/arch/arm64/include/asm/cmpxchg.h
@@ -68,8 +68,7 @@ static inline unsigned long __xchg(unsigned long x, volatile void *ptr, int size
-       smp_mb();
-       return ret;
+       return smp_load_acquire(ret);
 #define xchg(ptr,x) \

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