Re: [Linux-ia64] [patch] 2.4.20-ia64-021210 new spinlock code

From: David Mosberger <>
Date: 2003-03-15 12:30:01
>>>>> On Sat, 15 Mar 2003 12:10:38 +1100, Keith Owens <> said:

  Keith> Patch is against 2.4.20-ia64-021210.  Reduce the uncontended
  Keith> spinlock path from 5 bundles to 3 (McKinley) or 4 (Itanium),
  Keith> both have one less memory access on the uncontended path.
  Keith> Move the contended path out of line so we can do exponential
  Keith> backoff, kdb, lock metering etc. in one place.

  Keith> David, closing the 1 bundle unwind window was a bit harder
  Keith> than I expected, it turns out that altrp does not specify
  Keith> where it applies, it is prologue global.  To get altrp to
  Keith> apply after mov b7=r28, I needed multiple prologues and
  Keith> bodies.  AFAICT this will unwind correctly on any instruction
  Keith> within ia64_spinlock_contention.  Could you verify that on
  Keith> your simulator (assuming it supports .save ar.pfs,r0)?

I think it's correct, but more complicated than it has to be: you
should be able to use the general directive ".spillreg rp, b7" instead
of ".altrp".

Another suggestion: use #ifndef CONFIG_ITANIUM instead of #ifdef
CONFIG_MCKINLEY.  This ensures that brl will be used on future CPUs as
well (as it should be).

Received on Fri Mar 14 17:31:38 2003

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