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SubjectRe: do_gettimeofday vs. rdtsc in the scheduler
   From: john stultz <>
Date: 17 Sep 2002 13:57:13 -0700

On Tue, 2002-09-17 at 13:39, David S. Miller wrote:
> It would have been really nice if x86 had specified a "system tick"
> register that incremented based upon the system bus cycles and thus
> were immune the processor rates.

Some systems do, if I'm understanding you properly. Summit based boxes
have an on-chipset performance counter that runs at 100Mhz. My
cyclone-timer patch uses this as a gettimeofday/__delay time source in
the 2.4 kernel. Additionally George Anzinger has patches that allow the
ACPI PM timer to be used as well. Intel's HPET should also provide
another time source.

If any of these need to go beyond the cpu to get the tick value,
they are misimplemented.

The cpu gets the system bus tick input at it's bus pins, therefore
it can implement the system tick register locally obviating the need
to go to a south bridge or memory controller or whatever else external
to the cpu to get at the value.
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