We are using 13.1.3 version of XLC. All tests are passed.
Please notice that is is synchronization bug which can be reproduced only under hard load. Our server has 64 cores and it is necessary to run pgbench with 100 connections during several minutes to reproduce the problem.
So may be you just didn't notice it;)

On 01.02.2017 16:29, REIX, Tony wrote:


I'm now working on the port of PostgreSQL on AIX.
(RPMs can be found, as free OpenSource work, at http://http://bullfreeware.com/ <http://http://bullfreeware.com/> .

I was not aware of any issue with XLC v12 on AIX for atomic operations.
(XLC v13 generates at least 2 tests failures)

For now, with version 9.6.1, all tests "check-world", plus numeric_bigtest, are OK, in both 32 & 64bit versions.

Am I missing something ?

I configure the build of PostgreSQL with (in 64bits):


Am I missing some option for more optimization on AIX ?




Le 01/02/2017 à 12:07, Konstantin Knizhnik a écrit :
Attached please find my patch for XLC/AIX.
The most critical fix is adding __sync to pg_atomic_fetch_add_u32_impl.
The comment in this file says that:

      * __fetch_and_add() emits a leading "sync" and trailing "isync",
      * providing sequential consistency.  This is undocumented.

But it is not true any more (I checked generated assembler code in
This is why I have added __sync() to this function. Now pgbench working

Also there is mysterious disappearance of assembler section function
with sync instruction from pg_atomic_compare_exchange_u32_impl.
I have fixed it by using __sync() built-in function instead.

Thanks to everybody who helped me to locate and fix this problem.


Konstantin Knizhnik
Postgres Professional: http://www.postgrespro.com
The Russian Postgres Company

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