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SubjectRe: Linux-Kernel Archive: No 100 HZ timer !
On Fri, 13 Apr 2001, Alan Cox wrote:

> > Okay but what will be used for a base for hardware that has critical
> > timing issues due to the rules of the hardware?
> > #define WAIT_MIN_SLEEP (2*HZ/100) /* 20msec - minimum sleep time */
> >
> > Give me something for HZ or a rule for getting a known base so I can have
> > your storage work and not corrupt.
> The same values would be valid with add_timer and friends regardless. Its just
> that people who do
> while(time_before(jiffies, started+DELAY))
> {
> if(poll_foo())
> break;
> }
> would need to either use add_timer or we could implement get_jiffies()

Okay regardless of the call what is it going to be or do we just random
and go oh-crap data!?!?

Since HZ!==100 of all archs that have ATA/ATAPI support, it is a mircale
that FS corruption and system death is not more rampant, except for the
fact that hardware is quick by a factor of 10+ so that 1000 does not quite
do as much harm but the associated mean of HZ changes and that is a
problem with slower hardware.

Nevermind just going nuts over the issues...
Just trying to keep the flamage down and stuff like that....


Andre Hedrick
Linux ATA Development
ASL Kernel Development
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