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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] linux-2.5.59_getcycles_A0
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john stultz <johnstul@us.ibm.com> writes:

> Joel, All,
>
> This patch moves the get_cycles() implementation into the timer_opts
> subsystem. This patch corrects issues between the hangcheck-timer code
> and systems running with timer_cyclone. As an extra bonus, it removes
> the CONFIG_X86_TSC #ifdef in get_cycles replacing it with
> timer->get_cycles().
>
> Comments flames and suggestions welcome.

Is this really a good idea? get_cycles is normally not used to get accurate
time, but just to get random numbers for /dev/random or quickly estimate
some code (scheduler used to use it for that). I think the TSC even when
unsynchronized is better for that than an external timer which potentially
lower resolution and long access time.

If you really added it I would at least change the random device to
use the old macro.

-Andi
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