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From: Boqun Feng <boqun.feng@gmail.com>
To: Alan Stern <stern@rowland.harvard.edu>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	Andrea Parri <parri.andrea@gmail.com>,
	Will Deacon <will@kernel.org>,
	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>,
	Nicholas Piggin <npiggin@gmail.com>,
	David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>,
	Jade Alglave <j.alglave@ucl.ac.uk>,
	Luc Maranget <luc.maranget@inria.fr>,
	"Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@kernel.org>,
	Akira Yokosawa <akiyks@gmail.com>,
	Daniel Lustig <dlustig@nvidia.com>,
	Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>,
	linux-arch@vger.kernel.org, linux-doc@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC 0/3] tools/memory-model: Add litmus tests for atomic APIs
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:39:21 +0800
Message-ID: <20200214233921.GA110915@debian-boqun.qqnc3lrjykvubdpftowmye0fmh.lx.internal.cloudapp.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.4.44L0.2002141024141.1579-100000@iolanthe.rowland.org>

On Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 10:27:44AM -0500, Alan Stern wrote:
> On Fri, 14 Feb 2020, Boqun Feng wrote:
> 
> > A recent discussion raises up the requirement for having test cases for
> > atomic APIs:
> > 
> > 	https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200213085849.GL14897@hirez.programming.kicks-ass.net/
> > 
> > , and since we already have a way to generate a test module from a
> > litmus test with klitmus[1]. It makes sense that we add more litmus
> > tests for atomic APIs into memory-model.
> 
> It might be worth discussing this point a little more fully.  The 

I'm open to any suggestion, and ...

> set of tests in tools/memory-model/litmus-tests/ is deliberately rather 
> limited.  Paul has a vastly more expansive set of litmus tests in a 

I'm OK if we want to limit the number of litmus tests in
tools/memory-model/litmus-tests directory. But ...

> GitHub repository, and I am doubtful about how many new tests we want 
> to keep in the kernel source.
> 

I think we all agree we want to use litmus tests as much as possbile for
discussing locking/parallel programming/memory model related problems,
right? This is benefical for both kernel and the herd tool, as they can
improve each other.

Atomic APIs (perhaps even {READ,WRITE}_ONCE(), smp_load_acquire() and
smp_store_release()) have been longing for some more concrete examples
as a complement for the semantics description in the docs, so that
people can check their understandings. Further, with the help of
klitmus, the litmus tests can be a useful tool for testing if a new arch
support is added to kernel. That's why I plan to add litmus tests into
kernel source.

Thoughts?

Regards,
Boqun

> Perhaps it makes sense to have tests corresponding to all the examples
> in Documentation/, perhaps not.  How do people feel about this?
> 
> Alan
> 

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Thread overview: 23+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-14  4:01 Boqun Feng
2020-02-14  4:01 ` [RFC 1/3] Documentation/locking/atomic: Fix atomic-set litmus test Boqun Feng
2020-02-14  4:01 ` [RFC 2/3] tools/memory-model: Add a litmus test for atomic_set() Boqun Feng
2020-02-14  8:12   ` Andrea Parri
2020-02-14 10:40     ` Boqun Feng
2020-02-14 15:47   ` Alan Stern
2020-02-14 23:52     ` Boqun Feng
2020-02-17 11:02       ` Peter Zijlstra
2020-02-14  4:01 ` [RFC 3/3] tools/memory-model: Add litmus test for RMW + smp_mb__after_atomic() Boqun Feng
2020-02-14  6:15   ` Boqun Feng
2020-02-14  8:18     ` Andrea Parri
2020-02-14  8:20       ` Boqun Feng
2020-02-14 15:58   ` Alan Stern
2020-02-15  0:09     ` Boqun Feng
2020-02-14  9:55 ` [RFC 0/3] tools/memory-model: Add litmus tests for atomic APIs Peter Zijlstra
2020-02-14 10:20 ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-02-14 15:27 ` Alan Stern
2020-02-14 23:39   ` Boqun Feng [this message]
2020-02-15 15:25   ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-02-16  5:43     ` Boqun Feng
2020-02-16 12:06       ` Paul E. McKenney
2020-02-16 16:16         ` Alan Stern
2020-02-17  1:27           ` Boqun Feng

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