[Openmcl-devel] Quick HW question...

David L. Rager ragerdl at gmail.com
Tue Nov 16 16:42:44 UTC 2010

+1 for the idea that caching across multiple cores affects CCL and
SBCL performance.  I have some tests that demonstrate this, if
anyone's interested.

> CCL uses spinlocks on most platforms; acquiring a spinlock involves a
> loop like:
> (block got-lock
>  (loop
>    (dotimes (i *spin-lock-tries*)
>      (if (%store-conditional something somewhere)
>        (return-from got-lock t)))
>    (give-up-timeslice)))

Mind if I ask which platforms use spinlocks?  I'm interested in
knowing about linuxx86, linuxx86-64, powerpc, powerpc64, and


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