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Re: PATCH: Fix ll/sc for mips

On Mon, 4 Feb 2002, Ralf Baechle wrote:

> > It will make the code more readable. We don't have to guess what
> > the assembler will do. 
> Generally speaking a MIPS assembler is free to do arbitrary reordering.
> In the past there have been non-GNU assembler that were doing more massive
> reordering than gcc does ...  Using .set noreorder means you dump the
> assembler's intelligence and take full responsibility for dealing with
> all interlocks (or the lack thereof) and other performance issues
> yourself.

 That's why I'm still uneasy about the patch or, specifically, its
_test_and_set hunk.  It's best to avoid pretending we have the knowledge
beyond what an assembler has, as it's often not the case -- consider all
the options an assembler can accept for code variations.

 Using "noreorder" is really justified if you need to generate an exact
opcode stream for some reason (perhaps for a trampoline with a fixed
format) or you know you have the knowledege beyond what an assembler has,
e.g. you know an instruction can (or must) really be placed in a delay
slot even though a dependency analysis performed by an assembler shows

 Also beware of implicit macros which may expand into multiple
instructions -- their semantics when placed in a delay slot may differ
from what one may expect! 

+  Maciej W. Rozycki, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland   +
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