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Subject: Re: [boost] [atomic] Probable documentation issue: how do weknowatomic is safe and/or efficient?
From: Andrey Semashev (andrey.semashev_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-01-26 12:29:27

On Wed, Dec 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM, Andrey Semashev
<andrey.semashev_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM, Rob Stewart <robertstewart_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> On Dec 24, 2013, at 2:24 PM, Andrey Semashev <andrey.semashev_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 24 December 2013 17:17:37 John Maddock wrote:
>>>>>> I'm sure the answer to (a) is that it is correct, but I was surprised that atomic<int> relied on the volatile modifier for thread safe load/stores on MSVC, I had assumed that something more than that would have been required, but I know I'm out of date on this stuff!
>>>>> "volatile" was changed in VC++ 8.0 to guarantee acquire/release semantics,
>>>>> then changed back in 2012 to only do so when /volatile:ms is active, which it is by default, except on ARM.
>>>> So does this mean that Boost.Atomic is perhaps not safe after all?
>>> No, it's perfectly safe on x86. It is also safe on ARM if /volatile:ms is specified.
>> How do you ensure the use of /volatile:ms? Can users build Boost with /volatile:iso?
> You can't, I was just answering John's question.
> To be clear, yes, I agree that this needs fixing. It's just no one got
> around to do it. A ticket would be welcome. Especially, with a patch.
> :)

I have updated Boost.Atomic (develop branch) so that it should work on
Windows ARM, but I don't have hardware to test it. To my knowledge,
none of our testers have the hardware as well. So I would appreciate
if someone tried it out and reported the results (both positive and
negative). Thanks.

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