what's the point of rpython?
rridge at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Wed Jan 21 22:43:43 CET 2009
Scott David Daniels <Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org> wrote:
>The opcode cannot simply talk to its cache, it must either go directly
>to off-chip memory or communicate to other processors that it (and it
>alone) owns the increment target.
In fact all it does simply talk to its cache. From the "Intel 64 and
IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual, Volume 3A: System
Programming Guide, Part 1":
For the P6 and more recent processor families, if the area of
memory being locked during a LOCK operation is cached in the
processor that is performing the LOCK operation as write-back
memory and is completely contained in a cache line, the processor
may not assert the LOCK# signal on the bus. Instead, it will
modify the memory location internally and allow it's cache
coherency mechanism to insure that the operation is carried
out atomically. This operation is called "cache locking." The
cache coherency mechanism automatically prevents two or more
processors that have cached the same area of memory from
simultaneously modifying data in that area.
The same cache coherency mechanism that prevents ordinary "unlocked"
instructions from simulanteously modifying the same cache line on
two different processors also provides the guarantee with "locked"
instructions. There's no additional hardware locks involved, and no
additional communication required.
l/ // Ross Ridge -- The Great HTMU
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