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SubjectRe: time interpolation hooks
>>>>> On 16 May 2003 19:38:01 -0700, "David S. Miller" <> said:

DaveM> I think Andrew is really suggesting to declare these two
DaveM> things in an arch header, so if one needs it to be a function
DaveM> pointer one can make it so.

I don't think this should be (purely) an arch thing. It's just as
much a driver issue. For example, HPET will pretty much work the same
on x86 and ia64, so being able to have a shared "driver" would be
useful. I agree though that it would be nice if arches that don't
care for time-interpolation at all could turn it off completely.
In the proposal below, an architecture could achieve that by turning

>>>>> On Sat, 17 May 2003 09:09:51 +0000, Arjan van de Ven <> said:

Arjan> I rather would have a "timer source" object that provides
Arjan> those 2 functions as methods, so that one can write "timer"
Arjan> drivers as more or less stand alone units that register
Arjan> themselves with the generic timekeeping unit (probably with
Arjan> an accuracy score so that the generic code can pick one in
Arjan> the event of multiple timer sources).

Sounds reasonable.

To make this really possible, I think it makes the most sense to have
the last_nsec_offset variable implemented by the generic kernel. I'm
thinking something along the lines of the below?



struct time_interpolator {
void (*update_wall_time) (long delta_nsec);
void (*reset_wall_time) (long delta_nsec);
unsigned long frequency; /* frequency in counts/second */
unsigned long drift; /* drift in parts-per-million (?) */

extern void register_time_interpolator (struct time_interpolator *ti);
extern void unregister_time_interpolator (struct time_interpolator *ti);


extern volatile unsigned long last_nsec_offset;
extern struct time_interpolator *time_interpolator;

static inline void
update_wall_time (long delta_nsec)
struct time_interpolator *ti = time_interpolator;

/* This needs to be done atomically, either via cmpxchg() or
protected by a spinlock: */
last_nsec_offset -= min(last_nsec_offset, delta_nsec);

if (ti)

static inline void
reset_wall_time (long delta_nsec);
struct time_interpolator *ti = time_interpolator;

last_nsec_offset = 0;
if (ti)


static inline void
update_wall_time (long delta_nsec)

static inline void
reset_wall_time (long delta_nsec)

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