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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Dynamic tick, version 050127-1
* Zwane Mwaikambo <zwane@arm.linux.org.uk> [050204 09:54]:
> On Fri, 4 Feb 2005, Tony Lindgren wrote:
>
> > * Zwane Mwaikambo <zwane@arm.linux.org.uk> [050204 09:31]:
> > > On Fri, 4 Feb 2005, Tony Lindgren wrote:
> > >
> > > > Yes, it's safer to keep the timer periodic, although it's
> > > > used for oneshot purposes for the skips. If the timer interrupt
> > > > got missed for some reason, the system would be able to recover when
> > > > it's in periodic mode.
> > > >
> > > > And with some timers, we can do the reprogramming faster, as we just
> > > > need to load the new value.
> > > >
> > > > I could not figure out how to disable the interrupts for PIT
> > > > when local APIC is used and the ticks to skip is longer than PIT
> > > > would allow. So I just changed the mode temporarily to disable it.
> > > >
> > > > Does anybody know if there's a way to stop PIT interrupts while
> > > > keeping it in the periodic mode?
> > >
> > > disable_irq(0) ?
> >
> > Then the problem is that the CPU does not stay in sleep but wakes to
> > the first PIT interrupt AFAIK.
>
> I do not understand, do you want to disable the PIT from interrupting the
> processor and enable it interrupting at a later time?

Yes, that right. PIT max skip ticks = 54 and local APIC timer > 1000.
PIT interrupt needs to be disabled to stay in sleep for over 54 ticks.
But I think you're right, disable_irq(0) should do the trick :)

Hmmm, we should be able to keep PIT irq disabled all the time when using
local APIC timer. I'll play with it a bit.

Tony
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