GSOC2013-Atomic Operations and SMP lock debug tool

Sebastian Huber sebastian.huber at
Mon Jun 3 14:25:59 UTC 2013

Hello Hengyi,

even though we have now an atomic operation API I think we should consider to 
use C11 instead.  The C11 standard is the first revision of the C standard that 
takes multiple threads and a memory model for it into account.  In pre C11 
certain optimizations were allowed that are now forbidden (see also C11 
" Multi-threaded executions and data races").

I would choose C11 as the implementation language for the RTEMS SMP port.

Instead of adding more features and support for the RTEMS specific atomic API 
we should instead add tests for the C11 <stdatomic.h> functions and ensure that 
everything we need is supported by the compiler and environment.

The GCC 4.8 is now the second major GCC revision supporting <stdatomic.h> so 
this should be stable enough.

On 06/02/2013 05:35 PM, Deng Hengyi wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am very glad to be accepted to do GSOC project by RTEMS. This is my second
> year of GSOC for RTEMS. In the last year i proposal a project which intent to
> support atomic operations for RTEMS.*
> In the last year the architecture-independent atomic API has been developed and
> the implementation of X86 and PowerPC has been completed. So in this year the
> project’ [1] goal is to support all other architectures. The task includes that
> a general atomic ops should be defined to support all the architectures which
> do not support SMP mode. And in order to make RTEMS support SMP completely it
> also should make the existing synchronization primitives SMP-safe, such as
> semaphores, mutex, spinlocks and etc. But this task is complex and is hard to
> debug. So in there I proposal a lock debug tool used to debug the lock problem,
> like deadlock and recursive lock. And there is also a task about priority
> inherence to be done. [2] is mail to complain its status.
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> If you have any comment please contact me freely.
> *

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