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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] x86/tsc: Convert ART in nanoseconds to TSC.
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Hi Thomas,

Thank you for your comments.

On Thu, 2018-03-08 at 15:25 +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Tue, 6 Mar 2018, Rajvi Jingar wrote:
> > Device drivers use get_device_system_crosststamp() to produce
> > precise
> > system/device cross-timestamps. The PHC clock and ALSA interfaces,
> > for example, make the cross-timestamps available to user
> > applications.
> > On Intel platforms, get_device_system_crosststamp() requires a TSC
> > value derived from ART (Always Running Timer) to compute the
> > monotonic
> > raw and realtime system timestamps.
> >
> > Starting with Intel Goldmont platforms, the PCIe root complex
> > supports
> > the PTM time sync protocol. PTM requires all timestamps to be in
> > units
> > of nanoseconds. The Intel root complex hardware propagates system
> > time –
> > derived from ART - in units of nanoseconds performing the
> > conversion
> > as follows:
> >
> > ART_NS = ART * 1e9 / <crystal frequency>
> >
> > When user software requests a cross-timestamp, the system
> > timestamps
> > (generally read from device registers) must be converted to TSC by
> > the driver software as follows:
> >
> > TSC = ART_NS * TSC_KHZ / 1e6
> >
> > This is valid when CPU feature flag X86_FEATURE_TSC_KNOWN_FREQ is
> > set
> > indicating the tsc_khz is derived from CPUID[15H]. Drivers should
> > check that this flag is set before conversion to TSC is attempted.
>
> Clear and coherent changelog. Well done!
>
> > Changes from v1:
> >
> > * use existing frequency hardcode for platforms where
> > CPUID[15H].ECX == 0
> > (v1 added redundant hardcode just for the ART.ns conversion)
> >
> > * use tsc_khz for TSC conversion, also requires driver to check
> > X86_FEATURE_TSC_KNOWN_FREQ (v1 used CPUID[15H].ECX value directly)
>
> Maintainer lazyness request: Can you please put the changes paragraph
> below
> the --- seperator so it is discarded when the patch is extracted from
> mail. It's not part of the changelog which goes into git.
>

Sure. It has been changed in v3.

> > +struct system_counterval_t convert_art_ns_to_tsc(u64 art_ns)
>
> Can you please add kernel doc format function documentation which
> explains
> the calling conventions?
>

kernel-do format documentation is added to v3.

> > +{
> > + u64 tmp, res, rem;
> > +
> > + rem = do_div(art_ns, USEC_PER_SEC);
> > +
> > + res = art_ns * tsc_khz;
> > + tmp = rem * tsc_khz;
> > +
> > + do_div(tmp, USEC_PER_SEC);
> > + res += tmp;
> > +
> > + return (struct system_counterval_t) {.cs =
> > art_related_clocksource,
> > + .cycles = res};
>
> Definitely way better than the previous one. Good job!
>
> Thanks,
>
> tglx

Thank you,
Rajvi

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