Sequential consistency in hardware

By: Veedrac (, August 5, 2020 11:54 am
Room: Moderated Discussions
Linus Torvalds ( on August 3, 2020 11:20 pm wrote:
> Travis Downs ( on August 3, 2020 9:08 pm wrote:
> >
> > Memory models are not like that: you need to be tracking everything,
> > all the time, since you don't know when a reordering will happen.
> The argument is that CPU's may be starting to do that anyway for other reasons, and once
> you have that tracking, the advantage of a weaker memory model just doesn't exist.
> IOW, the advantage was always "simpler silicon", and people have taken that
> advantage as gospel truth (and some still do). But once silicon has the complexity,
> the actual advantage goes away, but the disadvantages remain.

An interesting data point is Apple's CPUs, which have a runtime toggle for TSO to support x86 translation. So they clearly have the silicon necessary for TSO, but then still leave it disabled by default! Surely that's strong evidence in favour of weak memory orderings.

It would be interesting to see benchmarks with TSO enabled.
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