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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] linux-2.5.59_lost-tick_A0
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On Tue, 2003-01-21 at 15:27, Andi Kleen wrote:
> Comments:
>
> Basic idea is good. The x86-64 2.4 tree has a similar solution for the
> same problem. Especially with HZ=1000 this is really needed, because
> now lost ticks are far more common than with the HZ=100 in 2.4.
> I would consider some form of this patch as requirement for 2.6 release.
>
> what happens when 1000000 does not evenly divide HZ?
> I think some ports use HZ=1024

Then it comes out to close enough? I'm probably just not getting the
problem. Could you further explain?

> Why is the condition > and not >= ? Eactly two ticks offset is already
> one lost. In fact even >= 1.5*HZ would be dubious.

Exactly two, yes. However 1.5 wouldn't quite do it, as jiffies would be
incremented once and delay_at_last_interrupt should be set to .5*HZ,
thus loosing no time.

> I would like to have some statistics counter somewhere in /proc for lost
> ticks, so that it can be checked for after bug reports. Perhaps even
> printk for the first 5 or so.

Yea, I had some printk code in there, but I have a card here that can
cause 30ms SMI stalls once per sec, so it was getting a bit verbose.
Although printing out for the first five, would be fine. I'll add that
right away. Thanks!

> Could you please add spaces after /* and before */

Doh, I read and read those style guidelines, but my fingers never seem
to take to em'.

thanks again,
-john


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