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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: Export tsc related information in sysfs
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On Wed, 2010-05-26 at 14:44 -0400, Brian Bloniarz wrote:
> On 05/26/2010 12:25 PM, john stultz wrote:
> > Brian: is this something the NTPd folks actually want? Has anyone
> > checked with them before we hand down the solution from high upon on
> > lkml mountain?
>
> I haven't checked, it's been a while since I dealt with
> this problem. The NTP maintainers definitely complain about the
> quick TSC calibration code like it's a bug:
> (e.g. http://www.mail-archive.com/questions@lists.ntp.org/msg02079.html).
> Anyway I'll reach out before I spend any time investing in
> a solution that they don't want (and you don't like :).
>
> > Personally I think NTPd should be a little more savvy about how far it
> > trusts the drift file when it starts up. Since I believe its
> > fast-startup mode can quickly estimate the drift well within 100ppm,
> > which is about the maximum variance I've seen from the calibration code.
>
> The workaround we went with was to remove the drift file on
> every reboot. But in our experience, even with iburst, converging takes
> a long time. I don't have hard numbers since it's been a long time since
> I investigated the problem, but we defined failure as >1ms offset syncing
> to a server in our LAN, and a cold NTP boot takes 10-20 hours to get
> there.

Ok. If its been awhile, you may find recent kernels (2.6.31+) are much
faster to converge due to adjustments made to the SHIFT_PLL constant.
This was done explicitly to address issues similar to what you describe
above.

thanks
-john



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