Re: [PATCH] SN2 user-MMIO CPU migration

From: Brent Casavant <>
Date: 2006-01-20 17:47:03
On Thu, 19 Jan 2006, Jesse Barnes wrote:

> Maybe you could just turn the above into mmiowb() calls instead?  That 
> would cover altix, origin, and ppc as well I think.  On other platforms 
> it would be a complete no-op.

As you obviously noted, the core of the code was lifted from mmiowb().
But no, an mmiowb() as such isn't correct.  At the time this code is
executing, it's on a CPU remote from the one which issued any PIO writes
to the device.  So in this case we need to poll the Shub register for
a remote node, but mmiowb() only polls for the Shub corresponding to
the current CPU.

My first incarnation of this patch (never publicly presented) did
implement a new mmiowb_remote(cpu) machvec instead, and this was
placed in the context-switch (in) path instead of the task migration
path.  However, since this behavior is only needed for the task
migration case, Jack Steiner pointed out that this was a more
appropriate way to implement it.  As migration is much less frequent
than context switching, this is a better-performing method to solve
the problem.


Brent Casavant                          All music is folk music.  I ain't                        never heard a horse sing a song.
Silicon Graphics, Inc.                    -- Louis Armstrong
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