[concurrency-interest] Basic question about memory barriers

David Holmes davidcholmes at aapt.net.au
Mon Nov 28 05:18:50 EST 2011

Mohan Radhakrishnan writes:
>      1. Who issues the memory barriers ?

In the context of Java it is the runtime support code of the JVM together
with the code emitted by the JIT.

>      2. Can I look at memory barriers in machine code ? Is it done by
> the processor ?

The "barriers" depend on the architecture. They can be explicit
synchronization instructions; modes applied to loads and stores; or specific
instruction sequences (eg dependent loads) that produce the desired effect.
See the Java Memory Model Cookbook for compiler writers to learn more:


David Holmes

> Thanks,
> Mohan
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