Commit 192128da authored by Simon Marlow's avatar Simon Marlow

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parent a30dbc64
......@@ -312,12 +312,22 @@ atomic_dec(StgVolatilePtr p)
#endif
}
/*
* Some architectures have a way to tell the CPU that we're in a
* busy-wait loop, and the processor should look for something else to
* do (such as run another hardware thread).
*/
EXTERN_INLINE void
busy_wait_nop(void)
{
#if defined(i386_HOST_ARCH) || defined(x86_64_HOST_ARCH)
// On Intel, the busy-wait-nop instruction is called "pause",
// which is actually represented as a nop with the rep prefix.
// On processors before the P4 this behaves as a nop; on P4 and
// later it might do something clever like yield to another
// hyperthread. In any case, Intel recommends putting one
// of these in a spin lock loop.
__asm__ __volatile__ ("rep; nop");
//
#else
// nothing
#endif
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