[Gc] GC + dylibs on Darwin/OS X
Fri, 7 Mar 2003 09:07:56 -0800
I'm pretty sure some of the PowerPC locking code is broken on multiprocessors. Look in include/private/gc_locks.h (around line 145 in my version). Likely problems:
1) GC_test_and_set may need an explicit memory barrier, if that's not included with lwarx/stwcx. The update to the test and set location must be made visible before subsequent memory accesses.
2) GC_clear currently uses eieio as a memory barrier. I really like the mnemonic, but I have it on reliable authority that it's the wrong instruction. (I vaguely remember that the right instruction has a boring name like "sync".)
3) If you are trying to get the parallel marker going, you will have similar issues with GC_compare_and_exchange and GC_memory_barrier.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian Alliet [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 12:47 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [Gc] GC + dylibs on Darwin/OS X
> On Thursday, March 6, 2003, at 11:30 PM, Jesse Rosenstock wrote:
> >> There still seem to be some problems with the threading code (from
> >> Jesse Rosenstock's patch). It seems like it randomly hangs
> every once
> >> and a while. To make things even more interesting, it
> makes gdb very
> >> upset.
> > Does this happen with gctest, or some other program? How
> can I test
> > it?
> It happens with gctest. It seems more likely to happen when running
> multiple copies in parallel. If I run "./gctest &" about 10 times one
> or two almost always hang. In addition, less often, one will blow up
> with a "Bus error". What kind of system are you running it
> on? I have a
> dual g4, if its some strange locking problem it may not occur on a
> single cpu system. I'll look into it some more this weekend.
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