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From: Paolo Bonzini <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:21:20 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] atomics: add explicit compiler fence in __atomic memory

__atomic_thread_fence does not include a compiler barrier; in the
C++11 memory model, fences take effect in combination with other
atomic operations.  GCC implements this by making __atomic_load and
__atomic_store access memory as if the pointer was volatile, and
leaves no trace whatsoever of acquire and release fences in the
compiler's intermediate representation.

In QEMU, we want memory barriers to act on all memory, but at the same
time we would like to use __atomic_thread_fence for portability reasons.
Add compiler barriers manually around the __atomic_thread_fence.

Message-Id: <>
Reviewed-by: Stefan Hajnoczi <>
Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <>
(cherry picked from commit 3bbf572345c65813f86a8fc434ea1b23beb08e16)
 include/qemu/atomic.h | 12 +++++++++---
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/qemu/atomic.h b/include/qemu/atomic.h
index 98e05ca..bd2c075 100644
--- a/include/qemu/atomic.h
+++ b/include/qemu/atomic.h
@@ -99,7 +99,13 @@
 #ifndef smp_wmb
-#define smp_wmb()   __atomic_thread_fence(__ATOMIC_RELEASE)
+/* __atomic_thread_fence does not include a compiler barrier; instead,
+ * the barrier is part of __atomic_load/__atomic_store's "volatile-like"
+ * semantics. If smp_wmb() is a no-op, absence of the barrier means that
+ * the compiler is free to reorder stores on each side of the barrier.
+ * Add one here, and similarly in smp_rmb() and smp_read_barrier_depends().
+ */
+#define smp_wmb()   ({ barrier(); __atomic_thread_fence(__ATOMIC_RELEASE); barrier(); })
 #define smp_wmb()   __sync_synchronize()
@@ -107,7 +113,7 @@
 #ifndef smp_rmb
-#define smp_rmb()   __atomic_thread_fence(__ATOMIC_ACQUIRE)
+#define smp_rmb()   ({ barrier(); __atomic_thread_fence(__ATOMIC_ACQUIRE); barrier(); })
 #define smp_rmb()   __sync_synchronize()
@@ -115,7 +121,7 @@
 #ifndef smp_read_barrier_depends
-#define smp_read_barrier_depends()   __atomic_thread_fence(__ATOMIC_CONSUME)
+#define smp_read_barrier_depends()   ({ barrier(); __atomic_thread_fence(__ATOMIC_CONSUME); barrier(); })
 #define smp_read_barrier_depends()   barrier()