Johannes Stezenbach wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 02:02:35PM +0200, Maciej W. Rozycki wrote:
> > On Thu, 17 Oct 2002, Gleb O. Raiko wrote:
> > > Implement new sysmips then.
> > I'm not sure if that's a good idea. Glibc alone uses test_and_set(),
> > exchange_and_add(), atomic_add() and compare_and_swap(). Do you want a
> > separate syscall for each of these functions? I think the ll/sc emulation
> > may be the best solution after all. At least it's most flexible and not
> > much slower if at all.
> Depends on your usage pattern. E.g. we don't run software that uses
> atomicity.h (i.e. no C++ code), but heavily use pthread_mutex_lock() etc.
> The few uses of atomicity.h internal to glibc don't warrant
> any optimizations. So, if the beql-Method would not exist, I would
> consider implementing a new sysmips for compare_and_swap().
I didn't look at newer glibc sources (read: greater than 2.0.6), so the
question. Why is the difference between compare_and_swap and
test_and_set so huge that it eats an exception penalty? ;-)