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BARRIER(3)						   BSD Library Functions Manual 						BARRIER(3)

OSMemoryBarrier -- memory barrier to order loads and stores LIBRARY
Standard C Library (libc, -lc) SYNOPSIS
#include <libkern/OSAtomic.h> void OSMemoryBarrier(void); DESCRIPTION
OSMemoryBarrier() strictly orders memory accesses in a weakly ordered memory model such as with PowerPC, by creating a barrier. All loads and stores executed in sequential program order before the barrier will complete with respect to the memory coherence mechanism, before any load or store executed after the barrier. Used with an atomic operation, the barrier can be used to create custom synchronization protocols as an alternative to the spinlock or queue/dequeue operations. Note that this barrier does not order uncached loads and stores. On a uniprocessor, the barrier operation is typically optimized into a nop. SEE ALSO
atomic(3), spinlock(3) Darwin May 26, 2004 Darwin

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MEMBAR_OPS(3)						   BSD Library Functions Manual 					     MEMBAR_OPS(3)

membar_ops, membar_enter, membar_exit, membar_producer, membar_consumer, membar_sync -- memory access barrier operations SYNOPSIS
#include <sys/atomic.h> void membar_enter(void); void membar_exit(void); void membar_producer(void); void membar_consumer(void); void membar_sync(void); DESCRIPTION
The membar_ops family of functions provide memory access barrier operations necessary for synchronization in multiprocessor execution envi- ronments that have relaxed load and store order. membar_enter() Any store preceding membar_enter() will reach global visibility before all loads and stores following it. membar_enter() is typically used in code that implements locking primitives to ensure that a lock protects its data. membar_exit() All loads and stores preceding membar_exit() will reach global visibility before any store that follows it. membar_exit() is typically used in code that implements locking primitives to ensure that a lock protects its data. membar_producer() All stores preceding the memory barrier will reach global visibility before any stores after the memory barrier reach global visibility. membar_consumer() All loads preceding the memory barrier will complete before any loads after the memory barrier complete. membar_sync() All loads and stores preceding the memory barrier will complete and reach global visibility before any loads and stores after the memory barrier complete and reach global visibility. SEE ALSO
atomic_ops(3) HISTORY
The membar_ops functions first appeared in NetBSD 5.0. BSD
February 11, 2007 BSD
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