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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH V11 2/7] Support for atomic operations on integers

On 04/19/2012 02:08 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
On 04/17/2012 08:44 AM, Stefan Berger wrote:
For threading support, add atomic add and sub operations working on
integers. Base this on locking support provided by virMutex.

virMutex is very heavyweight.  I'd love it if we could use gcc
primitives and/or MSVC libc primitives (where they are known to be
available), for a lighter-weight implementation on platforms that
support it.  See this patch proposal (now a year old!) for some ideas
that we should fold in before 0.9.12:


Well, I wasn't aware of this previous proposal and had actually looked in pthread for some form of atomic support. I already pushed this patch now. We can add some compiler- and architecture-specific #ifdef's around the few existing functions. So the existing implementation probably has a place but can be improved upon.


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