[concurrency-interest] RFR: 8065804: JEP 171: Clarifications/corrections for fence intrinsics

Paul Sandoz paul.sandoz at oracle.com
Tue Dec 2 05:41:31 EST 2014

On Dec 2, 2014, at 1:58 AM, Doug Lea <dl at cs.oswego.edu> wrote:

> On 12/01/2014 03:46 PM, Martin Buchholz wrote:
>> David, Paul (i.e. Reviewers) and Doug,
>> I'd like to commit corrections so we make progress.
> The current one looks OK to me.
> (http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~martin/webrevs/openjdk9/fence-intrinsics/)

Same here, looks ok.

I anticipate we will be revisiting this area with the enhanced volatiles [1] work and related JMM updates, where there will be a public API for low-level enhanced field/array access [2].

As you rightly observed Unsafe does not currently have a get/read-acquire method. Implementations of [2] currently emulate that with a relaxed read + Unsafe.loadFence. It's something we need to add.


[1] http://openjdk.java.net/jeps/193
[2] http://hg.openjdk.java.net/valhalla/valhalla/jdk/file/2d4531473a89/src/java.base/share/classes/java/lang/invoke/VarHandle.java
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