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what is the difference between spin locks and semaphores?

What are the basic differences between spin locks and semaphores in action?
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Why are spin locks good choices in Linux Kernel Design instead of something more common in userland code, such as semaphore or mutex?

I understand that Spinlocks are real waste in Linux Kernel Design. I would like to know why is it like spin locks are good choices in Linux Kernel Design instead of something more common in userland ...
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What is a spinlock in Linux?

I would like to know about spinlocks in detail? Could someone explain that to me?