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SubjectRe: [bisected] Clocksource tsc unstable git
On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 08:14:12AM -0400, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Oct 2010, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 04:30:13AM -0400, Markus Trippelsdorf wrote:
> > That's strange, when we tested this one everything seemed fine so I
> > guess this is one of those bugs which appear later, just as if out of
> > nowhere.
> >
> > Thomas, could it be that SMI fires in between the HPET write and
> > subsequent read:
> >
> > hpet_writel(cnt, HPET_Tn_CMP(timer));
> >
> > ...
> >
> > res = (s32)(cnt - hpet_readl(HPET_COUNTER));
> >
> > causing the -ETIME and thus a wait for HPET wraparound? My machine at
> > least does SMI-initiated C1E so it could very well be the problem.
>
> Well, even if a SMI fires, then the counter will be ahead of cnt and
> we get -ETIME. The upper layer of clockevents/timers will then
> reprogram HPET. So that's not an issue.

Ah, I missed the upper layer, good.

> The only problem which might hit us is when our assumption of 8 HPET
> cycles being enough to transfer the new match value into the real
> match register is wrong.

So Markus, can you try with 995bd3bb5c78, but by increasing the value
to, say 16 (I don't know what's a good value here, let's double the old
one). Simply change the line

return res < 8 ? -ETIME : 0;

to

return res < 16 ? -ETIME : 0;


in <arch/x86/kernel/hpet.c:hpet_next_event()>. I'll do that too on the
machine here when I get around to it.

Thanks.

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