tag proposal

Todd Lipcon todd at amiestreet.com
Tue Oct 9 13:36:19 UTC 2007

On Tue, 9 Oct 2007, Roy Lyseng wrote:

>> Are increments atomic across SMP/multicore? It'd be hard to corrupt it, but 
>> I don't know off the top of my head if it's safe to ignore locking when 
>> you're just reading/writing to one set of 4-8bytes. I'll have to read up 
>> (or hope someone who knows better about this use of memory barriers chimes 
>> in. It's not something I deal with much outside of tracking down kernel 
>> bugs on SMP systems).
> Increments are generally not atomic. You have interfaces like 
> atomic_inc_ulong() in Solaris 10 and in the Linux kernel (AFAIK).

In Linux there's /usr/include/asm/atomic.h which has:

void atomic_inc(atomic_t *v)

Not sure if it's supported on every last platform, though.


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