Synchronization Instructions

Mark Smotherman
Last updated: May 2006

Summary: ... tbd ... (is there enough history here to be interesting?)


... purpose
... aka atomic instructions
... list in chronological order of introduction, with sublist of machines using the instruction
... distinguish from Conway join (AFIPS FJCC 1963), semaphore wait, etc., in which control can be suspended [or add cites to impls. like Bull Gamma 60, Honeywell 800, Honeywell Series 60 / Level 64, etc.] ...

... should I list memory/exception barrier and fence instructions also? ...

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