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Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 16:17:55 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] replace a mfence instruction by an xchg

On Sat, Aug 15, 2015 at 08:51:41AM +0200, Jens Gustedt wrote:
> according to the wisdom of the Internet, e.g
> a mfence instruction is about 3 times slower than an xchg instruction.

Uhg, then why does this instruction even exist if it does less and
does it slower?

> Here we not only had mfence but also the mov instruction that was to be
> protected by the fence. Replace all that by a native atomic instruction
> that gives all the ordering guarantees that we need.
> This a_store function is performance critical for the __lock
> primitive. In my benchmarks to test my stdatomic implementation I have a
> substantial performance increase (more than 10%), just because malloc
> does better with it.

Is there a reason you're not using the same approach as on i386? It
was faster than xchg for me, and in principle it "should be faster".


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