[PATCH 2/2] arm64: bpf: add BPF XADD instruction

Daniel Borkmann daniel at iogearbox.net
Wed Nov 11 11:41:16 PST 2015

On 11/11/2015 08:23 PM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 07:50:15PM +0100, Daniel Borkmann wrote:
>> Well, on that note, it's not like you just change the target to bpf in your
>> Makefile and can compile (& load into the kernel) anything you want with it.
>> You do have to write small, restricted programs from scratch for a specific
>> use-case with the limited set of helper functions and intrinsics that are
>> available from the kernel. So I don't think that "Programs that used to work
>> will now no longer work." holds if you regard it as such.
> So I don't get this argument. If everything is so targeted, then why are
> the BPF instructions an ABI.
> If OTOH you're expected to be able to transfer these small proglets,
> then too I would expect to transfer the source of these proglets.
> You cannot argue both ways.

Ohh, I think we were talking past each other. ;) So, yeah, you'd likely need
to add new intrinstics that then map to the existing BPF_XADD instructions,
and perhaps spill a warning when __sync_fetch_and_add() is being used to
advise the developer to switch to the new intrinstics instead. From kernel
ABI PoV nothing would change.

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