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    SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] new timeofday core subsystem (v.A0)
    On Thu, 2004-09-02 at 15:42, Christoph Lameter wrote:
    > On Thu, 2 Sep 2004, john stultz wrote:
    > > What about my idea from yesterday of inverting the fastcall
    > > relationship? Instead of creating a structure that exports values and
    > > pointers the fastcall can use to create a time of day, why not use the
    > > fast call to read the raw time and return it back to the time of day
    > > code (which may be running in user context)? This avoids the duplication
    > > of having to re-implement the timeofday/clock_gettime functions in
    > > fastcall asm code.
    > "Read raw time"? How can you read the raw time in a fast call if the
    > fast call needs to do additional function calls (as defined in the
    > proposed time structure) in the kernel context in order to retrieve time?
    > A fast call cannot do any function calls in the kernel context or
    > otherwise.
    > The overhead of the function calls will reduce the performance of time
    > access significantly.

    Forgive me if I mis-understand the fastcall method, but this is the
    concept. Instead of having a fastcall function that implmements the
    gettimofday/clock_gettime + ntp scaling + etc all in asm we do the

    When creating a ia64 timesource (say the cyclone just for a specific
    example) we do something like the following.

    /* trivial delta (nothing new here) */
    static cycle_t cyclone_fastcall_delta(cycle_t now, cycle_t then)
    return (now - then);
    /* trivial cyc2ns (nothing new here) */
    static nsec_t cyclone_fastcall_cyc2ns(cycle_t cyc, cycle_t* remainder)
    u64 rem;
    cyc *= freq_multiplier;
    if (remainder)
    *remainder = 0;
    return (nsec_t)cyc;

    /* fastcall read, this is where it gets interesting */
    static cycle_t cyclone_fasatcall_read(void)
    u64 ret;

    ret = fastcall_readcyclonecounter();

    return (cycle_t)ret;

    struct timesource_t timesource_cyclone_fastcall = {
    .name = "cyclone_fastcall",
    .priority = 100,
    .read = cyclone_fastcall_read,
    .delta = cyclone_fastcall_delta,
    .cyc2ns = cyclone_fastcall_cyc2ns,

    Then you implement a fastcall for fastcall_readcyclonecounter(), which
    in crazy ia64 asm would do something like:

    blip // magic privledge escalation
    blop // load cyclone counter into memory
    bloop // copy cyclone counter back into return register

    This avoids 150+ lines of asm needed to re-implement the gettimeofday

    However, I could be mistaken. Is something like this possible?


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