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SubjectRe: clocksource changes in 2.6.31 - possible regression
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On Mon, 2009-08-17 at 11:01 -0700, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> On Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:48:57 -0700
> john stultz <johnstul@us.ibm.com> wrote:
>
> > On Mon, 2009-08-17 at 09:03 -0700, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> > > The following commit causes a change for kernels built with HRT but
> > > not actually using HRT. I typically use the generic kernel we ship
> > > on test machines, and that kernel has NOHZ and HRT (for power savings/virt
> > > and HRT for QoS), but I want to be able to enable TSC as a clock source
> > > when doing performance tests with pktgen.
> > >
> > > The machine in question is a several year old Opteron box, that
> > > normally reports clocksources: acpi_pm jiffies tsc
> > > but now with 2.6.31-rc6, it only has acpi_pm.
> >
> > I might need to review the patch again, but I believe we just don't
> > allow you to switch to non HRT compatible clocksources (like jiffies) if
> > we're already in HRT mode (and thus would hang when switched).
> >
> >
> > The behavior you describe where you can't switch to the TSC, may be due
> > to the TSC disqualification code marking it as non HRT compatible
> > (again, I need to double check). While I'm not sure that's really
> > correct, as the TSC is fine for HRT, in this case on your box, the TSC
> > has been marked as unstable (likely due to being unsynced on old AMD SMP
> > systems). There is a real chance that the timekeeping code on your
> > system could see the TSC go backwards, calculate a negative time
> > interval, and then end up hanging.
> >
>
> TSC was alway stable on this box, and worked fine. There was no
> message in log about TSC instability. The change was bisected
> down to that one commit.

But just to clarify, the TSC was never selected as the default
clocksource on the box either, right?

thanks
-john




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