[patch] Provide a can_compare_and_swap_p target hook.

Andrew Haley aph@redhat.com
Fri Nov 7 09:31:00 GMT 2014

On 06/11/14 19:05, Andrew MacLeod wrote:
> 1) Given that the compiler *always* provides support via libatomic now 
> (even if it is via locks), does that mean that VMSupportsCS8_builtin() 
> should always return true?
> or should we map to that a call to __atomic_always_lock_free() ? (that 
> always gets folded to a true or false at compile time)  my guess is the 
> latter?

Perhaps so.  The problem is that some targets can't do CAS on 64-bit

> 2) and in compareAndSwapLong_builtin(), thre is a wonky bit:
> /* We don't trust flag_use_atomic_builtins for multi-word compareAndSwap.
>       Some machines such as ARM have atomic libfuncs but not the multi-word
>       versions.  */
>    if (can_compare_and_swap_p (mode,
>                                (flag_use_atomic_builtins
>                                 && GET_MODE_SIZE (mode) <= UNITS_PER_WORD)))
>      <..> /* generate 8 byte CAS  */
> I gather we dont need to do anything special here anymore either?     As 
> an observation of inconsistency,
> compareAndSwapObject_builtin  doesn't do that check before calling the 8 
> byte CAS :

I believe that any machine which has 64-bit pointers and can do CAS
can do a 64-bit CAS.  I'm worried about 32-bit machines trying to do a
64-bit CAS.

> 3) And finally, is flag_use_atomic_builtins suppose to turn them off 
> completely?  Right now it is passed in  to the second parameter of 
> can_compare_and_swap_p, which really just says can we compare and swap 
> without calling a libfunc..   so currently if the flag is 0, but there 
> is native support, the call is generated anyway.   should that condition 
> really be:
> if (flag_use_atomic_builtins)
>    {
>     <...> /* generate atomic call */
>   }

I'm sorry, I really can't remember.  I can't think of any reason to
want to turn off builtin support.  You have to remember that all this
was written when our support for atomic builtins was seriously flaky
and we would just punt back to the user anything we hadn't written


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