[concurrency-interest] offheap plain store reordering

Aleksey Shipilev shade at redhat.com
Fri Jan 12 09:57:28 EST 2018

On 01/12/2018 03:48 PM, Brian Harris via Concurrency-interest wrote:
> A question on Vitaly's comment
> here: http://cs.oswego.edu/pipermail/concurrency-interest/2013-August/011674.html
> "whereas if you have two plain stores, the compiler can technically reorder them as it sees fit"
> Can these offheap plain stores also be reordered by the compiler?
> unsafe.putLong(null, addr1, 1)
> unsafe.putLong(null, addr2, 2)

Technically, if addr1 and addr2 do not overlap/alias, it is allowed for compiler to issue them in
whatever order. But at least Hotspot's handling of Unsafe intrinsics makes such reordering
impossible for off-heap accesses -- issues CPUOrder membar for them:

> If so, I'd want to use putOrderedLong as a compiler directive to prevent that.
> unsafe.putLong(null, addr1, 1)
> unsafe.putOrderedLong(null, addr2, 2)

I would say VH.putOpaque gives a bit more efficient code for the intent as stated (prevent compiler
reordering), but it would probably not matter on x86.


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