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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] High-res-timers part 1 (core) take 23
Hi George,

On Fri, 3 Jan 2003, george anzinger wrote:

| Just in case you might like high res timers...
| Now for 2.5.54-bk1

Using exactly 2.5.54-bk1 + the POSIX clocks/timers + HRT patches,
when I run the HRT support test suite (do_test), I'm getting
intermittent (but often) spinlock BUGs. I've done this both without
and with HIGH_RES_TIMERS enabled (i.e., different kernels built
in the same source tree).
Details are below.

Yes, I expect to be able to run the test suite on a kernel that
doesn't have HIGH_RES_TIMERS enabled...and to see the tests fail.

| -------
| This patch supplies the core changes to implement high
| resolution timers. Mostly it changes the timer list from
| the multi stage hash (or cascade) list to a single stage
| hash list. This change makes it easy to configure the list
| size for those who are concerned with performance. It also
| eliminates the "time out" for the cascade operation every
| 512 jiffies, thus eliminating possibly long preemption
| times. On input from Stephen Hemminger<>
| the configuration of the timer list size is no longer
| presented as a configure option. The code can still be
| change (one line) to use larger or smaller lists.
| With this patch applied, the system should boot and run much
| as it does prior to the patch. This patch depends on the
| POSIX clocks & timers patch in that it assumes the changes
| that patch made to timer.c to remove timer_t. This
| dependency can be removed if needed.

Couple of questions, please:

1. With HIGH_RES_TIMERS enabled, are all timers high-res timers,
or does the API allow for some non-high-res timers (regular/normal)
and some high-res-timers?

2. With HIGH_RES_TIMERS enabled and no apps trying to use high-res
timers, should I be able to detect any additional system overhead
due to the HIGH_RES_TIMERS code?


2.5.54-bk1 + POSIX/HRT patches, with HIGH_RES_TIMERS=n:

kernel BUG at include/asm/spinlock.h:123!
invalid operand: 0000
CPU: 1
EIP: 0060:[<c0130260>] Not tainted
EFLAGS: 00010086
EIP is at good_timespec+0x80/0x180
eax: 0000000e ebx: ee5c471c ecx: f63d7100 edx: c03e2dec
esi: 00000000 edi: ed50df9c ebp: ed50df8c esp: ed50df78
ds: 007b es: 007b ss: 0068
Process timer_test (pid: 1970, threadinfo=ed50c000 task=f5b85800)
Stack: c0369bc0 c0130244 ed50c000 ed50df9c 00000000 ed50dfbc c01308d6 00000000
ed50df9c 00000082 c0150e73 f7193ce4 40016000 00000032 ed50c000 4001526c
00000000 bfff9778 c0109537 00000000 00000000 bfff90a8 4001526c 00000000
Call Trace:
[<c0130244>] good_timespec+0x64/0x180
[<c01308d6>] sys_timer_settime+0x16/0x180
[<c0150e73>] sys_read+0x33/0x40
[<c0109537>] system_call+0x7/0xb

Code: 0f 0b 7b 00 64 98 36 c0 59 58 8d b6 00 00 00 00 f0 fe 4b 08

2.5.54-bk1 + POSIX/HRT patches, with HIGH_RES_TIMERS=y:

kernel BUG at include/asm/spinlock.h:123!
invalid operand: 0000
CPU: 0
EIP: 0060:[<c01307a0>] Not tainted
EFLAGS: 00010086
EIP is at good_timespec+0x80/0x180
eax: 0000000e ebx: f68c589c ecx: f6f96300 edx: c03e3aec
esi: 87000007 edi: f6919ed8 ebp: f6919ec8 esp: f6919eb4
ds: 007b es: 007b ss: 0068
Process 2timer_test (pid: 1940, threadinfo=f6918000 task=f6bc6b80)
Stack: c036a860 c0130784 00000023 f6919f30 00000001 f6919ee4 c01300b8 87000007
f6919ed8 00000086 00000023 f6919f30 f6919efc c0127117 f6919f30 f6919f30
f6bc7130 f6918000 f6919f1c c012829a f6bc7130 f6919f30 f6bc7130 f6919fc4
Call Trace:
[<c0130784>] good_timespec+0x64/0x180
[<c01300b8>] schedule_next_timer+0x18/0x50
[<c0127117>] __dequeue_signal+0x87/0xa0
[<c012829a>] notify_parent+0x7a/0x290
[<c01092cd>] handle_signal+0x5d/0xd0
[<c0222e5f>] copy_to_user+0x2f/0x40
[<c01285ea>] do_no_restart_syscall+0x10a/0x240
[<c0109582>] work_resched+0x13/0x15

Code: 0f 0b 7b 00 04 a5 36 c0 59 58 8d b6 00 00 00 00 f0 fe 4b 08


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