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SubjectRe: adding accuracy to random timers on PPC - new config option or runtime overhead?
On Wed, 22 Aug 2001, Chris Friesen wrote:

> Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, 22 Aug 2001, Chris Friesen wrote:
> > > I'm looking at putting in PPC-specific code in add_timer_randomness() that would
> > > be similar to the x86-specific stuff.
> > >
> > > The problem is that the PPC601 uses real time clock registers while the other
> > > PPC chips use a timebase register, so two different versions will be required.
> > > Should I try and identify at runtime which it is (which would be extra
> > > overhead), or should I add another config option to the kernel?
> > How about determining which one to use at boot time? That way there's no
> > overhead, and there's no need to have yet another config option which probably
> > doesn't need to be there.
> As far as I can see there will still be some extra overhead. We'd need an extra
> conditional that wouldn't be there with the config option. Granted, one
> conditional shouldn't be too expensive, especially since we'll always be picking
> the same branch.

If the versions of the functions aren't too large then you may be able to get
away with putting in both functions and then using a function pointer to
select which one to use.

Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams <>

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