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SubjectRe: sparc generic time / clockevents
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On Fri, 2007-02-23 at 16:34 -0800, David Miller wrote:
> From: john stultz <johnstul@us.ibm.com>
> Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 11:51:18 -0800
>
> > Yea. I actually have some in-progress patches from Peter Keilty that
> > convert ia64 and sparc64 time_interpolators to clocksources, then
> > removes the time_interpolator code.
> >
> > The ia64 conversion is more complicated due to the fsyscall asm, but I
> > think the sparc64 conversion (below) is pretty straight forward. I've
> > only built tested this, so I have no clue if it actually works.
> >
> > Any thoughts?
>
> Hey John, I had to do this already in order to do the dynticks
> port to sparc64, but nice to see another attempt :-)

Oh! Well, sorry for not sending it out earlier, then!

> Two things I did on my side:
>
> + .mask = 0xffffffffffffffffLL,
>
> I used CLOCKSOURCE_MASK(64) here.

Yep. That's better.

> +static cycle_t read_sparc64_cpuclock(void)
> +{
> + return (cycle_t)get_cycles();
> +}
> ...
> + .read = read_sparc64_cpuclock,
>
> You can just directly assign tick_ops->get_tick to .read at run-time
> to avoid a stack frame and function call/return.

Cool.

> + .shift = 16,
>
> These shift selections all seem rather arbitrary.
>
> If it's not an arbitrary selection, it would be nice to have some
> comments about how to go about choosing an appropriate shift.
> I imagine the selections has to do with the possible range of
> the frequencies the clocksource supports, and how much
> accuracy you get for certain shift selections given that range.

Correct. The higher the shift value, the more precise NTP multiplier
adjustment we can make. However, too large w/ a high frequency
clocksource and you'll risk overflowing 64bits on the mult.

Although that's not super critical anymore since Roman implemented the
high-res error accounting, the net effect should be the same over the
long term(we just have to work harder w/ courser adjustments - resulting
in very small clock frequency oscillations).

I do need to get some documentation going. I had some back when I first
started pushing the changes, but so much was revised and rewritten it
stopped being correct.

-john

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