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SubjectRe: Is the clockevent resolution fine-grained enough?
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On Fri, 2007-03-02 at 09:24 -0800, Marko Rauhamaa wrote:
> > That's an academic exercise, or are you talking about some real world
> > hardware which runs Linux ?
>
> Real hardware running linux.

quantum computer ?

> > > In our application, we need periodic clock interrupts at about 100
> > > kHz.
> >
> > With a stock kernel ?
>
> Well, with a "clockevent" patch of our own. We'd like to use a stock
> kernel, though.

100khz on a stock kernel with real world hardware:

ROTFL, You made my day.

> > > If the (programmable) frequency must be rounded to the nearest
> > > nanosecond, we have a cumulative error of
> > >
> > > 100,000 * 0.5 ns/s = 50 µs/s
> >
> > clockevents is based on the monotonic system clock and depends on the
> > accuracy of that and the device which deliveres the interrupts.
> > [...]
> > There is nothing to nugde. The clockevent subsystem operates on
> > absolute time, so there is no cummulative error, except you setup your
> > timers relative per event.
>
> I'm afraid you didn't quite understand what I was getting at. Say the
> user programs the frequency to be 109,000 Hz. That means a nominal clock
> interval of ~9174.3119 ns. Now the clockevent interface forces me to
> round it down to 9174 ns. That means the clock interrupts fall behind
> with respect to the other parts in the system that implement 109,000 Hz
> much more to the letter. The error grows by 34 µs every second so that
> after 8 hours, we are lagging by a whole second.

Sorry man. Did you actually read what I wrote ?

> The clockevent subsystem operates on absolute time, so there is no
> cummulative error

Again: clockevents operate on absolute time, so it is simply the fault
of the user, when he decides to do something stupid like:

femto_seconds_t interval;

timer_function()
{
do_whatever_you_need_to_do();
set_next_event(interval, RELATIVE);
}
instead of

yokto_seconds_t interval;
yokto_seconds_t next_event;

timer_function()
{
do_whatever_you_need_to_do();
next_event += interval;
set_next_event(yokto_seconds_to_nsec(next_event), ABSOLUTE);
}
Please read _AND_ understand the clockevents code. Your uber_clockevents
patch is solving PEBKAC.

tglx


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