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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tsc-disable_B9
john stultz wrote:
>
> On Fri, 2002-08-09 at 02:17, Alan Cox wrote:
> > On Fri, 2002-08-09 at 03:30, john stultz wrote:
> > > Not sure I followed that, do you mean per-cpu TSC management for
> > > gettimeofday?
> >
> > We have some x86 setups where people plug say a 300MHhz and a 450MHz
> > celeron into the same board. This works because they are same FSB,
> > different multiplier (works and intel certify being two different
> > things)
>
> Oh yes, with the old NUMAQ hardware here, one can mix nodes of different
> speed cpus. Once I get a chance, I'm going to begin working on this
> issue for 2.5. My plan right now is to keep per-cpu last_tsc_low and
> fast_gettimeoffset_quotient values, then round robin the timer
> interrupt.
>
An interesting approach, however, could you take a look at
the high-res-timers patch (see signature). In that code (in
the TSC version), we use the TSC to update jiffies and
_sub_jiffie (which is TSC counts into the next jiffie). We
also want to be able to "grab" a new TSC and figure the time
quickly, without updating either jiffies or _sub_jiffie.
Your approach would, I think, mean that both jiffies and
_sub_jiffie would be per cpu values, not impossible, but,
well, hard.

On the other hand, the high-res-timers patch also allows one
to use the ACPI pm timer, and ignore TSC completely :)

-g
>
> > Needless to say tsc does not work well on such boxes. Thats why I don't
> > trust the tsc at all in such cases. Since you'll have the nice cyclone
> > timer for the Summit it seems best not to trust it, and on the summit to
> > use the cyclone for udelay as well ?
> >
> > I agree dodgy_tsc needs to change name. Perhaps we actually want
> >
> > int tsc = select_tsc();
> >
> > switch(tsc)
> > {
> > case TSC_CYCLONE:
> > case TSC_PROCESSOR:
> > case TSC_NONE:
> > ..
> > }
>
> Sounds good. I'll re-work my patch and resubmit.
>
> thanks!
> -john
>
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High-res-timers:
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