[PATCH] Document Linux's memory barriers

linux-os (Dick Johnson) linux-os at analogic.com
Wed Mar 8 05:54:33 EST 2006

On Tue, 7 Mar 2006, Alan Cox wrote:
> Not always. MMIO ordering is outside of the CPU ordering rules and into
> PCI and other bus ordering rules. Consider
> 	writel(STOP_DMA, &foodev->ctrl);
> 	free_dma_buffers(foodev);
> This leads to horrible disasters.

This might be a good place to document:
    dummy = readl(&foodev->ctrl);

Will flush all pending writes to the PCI bus and that:
    (void) readl(&foodev->ctrl);
... won't because `gcc` may optimize it away. In fact, variable
"dummy" should be global or `gcc` may make it go away as well.

Dick Johnson
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