On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 02:43:49PM -0700, Piotr Sikora wrote:
> Hey Maxim,
> > The "*(lock) == 0" check here is just an optimization, it only
> > ensures that the lock is likely to succed.
> Yes, and use of the ngx_atomic_load() doesn't affect that.
> Namely, in the micro-benchmarks I did (heavy contention - 100 threads
> trying to acquire lock, update value, release lock in a loop), there
> is no performance lose while using ngx_atomic_load() on x86_64,
> whereas removing this optimization resulted in 3x worse performance.
The question is: why ngx_atomic_load() is at all needed. For now
the only reason I see is "because ThreadSanitizer complains".
> > If the
> > check returns a wrong result due to non-atomic load - this won't
> > do any harm.
> It's not just wrong result but a "data race", which leads to undefined
> behavior (at least according to C++11).
As far as I understand, from C11 point of view undefined behaviour
is still here even with ngx_atomic_load(), as it's not an atomic
operation defined by C11.
I can understand introducing load/store as a part of introducing
C11 atomic operations support. But I see no reason why it should
be done separately.
On the other hand, C11 doesn't seem to require explicit use of
load/store operations, "*(lock)" will work just fine, though
probably will not be optimal.
Just for the record, below is a quick-and-dirty patch to introduce
С11 atomic operations support (mostly untested).
# HG changeset patch
# User Maxim Dounin <mdou...@mdounin.ru>
# Date 1474094645 -10800
# Sat Sep 17 09:44:05 2016 +0300
# Node ID b79d4fd920eaa056103f68d311452b8cd6da833c
# Parent 9a4934f07bb47fbcf154ce275a04eb5dd1ba16be
C11 atomic operations.
diff --git a/auto/cc/conf b/auto/cc/conf
@@ -178,6 +178,27 @@ if [ "$NGX_PLATFORM" != win32 ]; then
+ ngx_feature="C11 atomic operations"
+ ngx_feature_incs="#include <stdatomic.h>"
+ ngx_feature_test="#ifndef ATOMIC_LONG_LOCK_FREE
+ #error atomic_long is not lock-free
+ atomic_long n = ATOMIC_VAR_INIT(0);
+ long tmp = 0;
+ if (!atomic_compare_exchange_strong(&n, &tmp, 1))
+ return 1;
+ if (atomic_fetch_add(&n, 1) != 1)
+ return 1;
+ if (atomic_load(&n) != 2)
+ return 1;
+ . auto/feature
ngx_feature="gcc builtin atomic operations"
diff --git a/src/os/unix/ngx_atomic.h b/src/os/unix/ngx_atomic.h
@@ -88,6 +88,44 @@ typedef uint32_t ngx_
typedef volatile ngx_atomic_uint_t ngx_atomic_t;
+/* C11 atomic operations */
+#define NGX_HAVE_ATOMIC_OPS 1
+typedef long ngx_atomic_int_t;
+typedef unsigned long ngx_atomic_uint_t;
+#if (NGX_PTR_SIZE == 8)
+#define NGX_ATOMIC_T_LEN (sizeof("-9223372036854775808") - 1)
+#define NGX_ATOMIC_T_LEN (sizeof("-2147483648") - 1)
+typedef volatile atomic_ulong ngx_atomic_t;
+ngx_atomic_cmp_set(ngx_atomic_t *lock, ngx_atomic_uint_t old,
+ ngx_atomic_uint_t set)
+ return atomic_compare_exchange_strong(lock, &old, set);
+#define ngx_atomic_fetch_add(value, add) \
+ atomic_fetch_add(value, add)
+#define ngx_memory_barrier() atomic_thread_fence(memory_order_seq_cst)
+#if ( __i386__ || __i386 || __amd64__ || __amd64 )
+#define ngx_cpu_pause() __asm__ ("pause")
/* GCC 4.1 builtin atomic operations */
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