On Apr 28, 2011, at 9:55 AM, Dan Ports <drkp(at)csail(dot)mit(dot)edu> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 08:43:30AM +0100, Simon Riggs wrote:
>>> We added a quick return which didn't need to check any locks at the
>>> front of this routine which is taken if there are no active
>>> serializable transactions on the cluster at the moment of update.
>> Surprised to hear nobody mentioning memory reordering issues about
>> that, but I'm not running Itaniums anywhere.
> I did spend a while thinking about it. There aren't any memory
> reordering issues with that optimization (even on the Alpha, where just
> about anything goes).
> The memory barrier when acquiring the buffer page lwlock acts as the
> synchronization point we need. When we see that no serializable
> transactions are running, that could have been reordered, but that read
> still had to come after the lock was taken. That's all we need: even if
> another backend starts a serializable transaction after that, we know
> it can't take any SIREAD locks on the same target while we're holding
> the buffer page lock.
Sounds like that might be worth a comment.
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