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SubjectRe: test time-warps [was: Re: 2.6.14-rt13]
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On Tue, 2005-11-22 at 12:16 +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> wrote:
>
> > Hi Ingo,
> >
> > I'm running -rt13 with the following command line:
> >
> > root=/dev/md0 ro console=ttyS0,115200 console=tty0 nmi_watchdog=2 lapic
> > earlyprintk=ttyS0,115200 idle=poll
> >
> > I just got the following output:
> >
> > $ ./time-warp-test
> > #CPUs: 2
> > running 2 tasks to check for time-warps.
> > warp .. -5 cycles, ... 0000004fc2ab2b7f -> 0000004fc2ab2b7a ?
> > warp .. -12 cycles, ... 000000506d1d558c -> 000000506d1d5580 ?
> > warp .. -97 cycles, ... 000000536c8868d3 -> 000000536c886872 ?
> > warp .. -99 cycles, ... 00000059ae9d49a1 -> 00000059ae9d493e ?
> > warp .. -110 cycles, ... 00000059ed0f05d6 -> 00000059ed0f0568 ?
> > warp .. -118 cycles, ... 0000007392963142 -> 00000073929630cc ?
> > warp .. -122 cycles, ... 0000007d6a94bc76 -> 0000007d6a94bbfc ?
> > warp .. -346 cycles, ... 0000008acf28a18e -> 0000008acf28a034 ?
> > warp .. -390 cycles, ... 0000008b2fc61fef -> 0000008b2fc61e69 ?
>
> i've attached an updated utility below.

I'm adding a run with:
echo "tsc"> /sys/devices/system/clocksource/clocksource0/clocksource
_not_ booted with idle=poll
at the end of this email.

> But i too can see similar output
> on an X2. A TSC-warp of 390 cycles _might_ be OK, but there are no
> guarantees.

In my experience the amount seems to be related to how long the system
has been up. Which is to be expected if the two TSCs drift, right?

> It wont show up as a usecs-level (i.e. gettimeofday()) warp,
> because 390 cycles is still much lower than the ~2000 cycles one
> microsecond takes, but it could cause problems for other TSC users.
>
> Basically if there is an observable and provable warp in the TSC output
> then it must not be used for any purpose that is not strictly
> per-CPU-ified (such as userspace threads bound to a single CPU, and the
> TSC never used between threads).

Apparently that's the case.

John Stultz just released a new version of his patch that takes care of
not using the TSC as a time source on X2's. Hopefully that will make its
way to the -rt patches soon :-) This would take care of the key repeat /
screensaver problems (I just saw a post yesterday on linux-audio-user
about someone else on an X2 processor having the same problems), Jack
will need a patch to use gettimeofday in those cases.

Is /sys/devices/system/clocksource/clocksource0/clocksource part of the
standard kernel tree? I was thinking on using that for the Jack patch to
decide whether to use tsc or not (ie: if it is good enough for the
kernel it should be good enough for Jack).

To all involved, a big _THANKS_ for helping track this very annoying
problem!

-- Fernando


# time ./time-warp
2 CPUs, running 2 parallel test-tasks.
checking for time-warps via:
- read time stamp counter (RDTSC) instruction (cycle resolution)
- gettimeofday (TOD) syscall (usec resolution)

new TOD-warp maximum: -4398046507 usecs, 0004062bea76af5b ->
0004062ae451d230
new TSC-warp maximum: -3122849 cycles, 00009a5f725821a3 ->
00009a5f72287b02
new TSC-warp maximum: -3123428 cycles, 00009a5f725b26a8 ->
00009a5f722b7dc4
new TSC-warp maximum: -3123690 cycles, 00009a60ccc01765 ->
00009a60cc906d7b
new TSC-warp maximum: -3123793 cycles, 00009a61a5897c78 ->
00009a61a559d227
new TSC-warp maximum: -3123965 cycles, 00009a68b7481924 ->
00009a68b7186e27
new TSC-warp maximum: -3123966 cycles, 00009a68b754b37b ->
00009a68b725087d
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124141 cycles, 00009a68c003e8ee ->
00009a68bfd43d41
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124253 cycles, 00009a68c8b511d9 ->
00009a68c88565bc
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124268 cycles, 00009a68d2bcaaad ->
00009a68d28cfe81
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124269 cycles, 00009a68eedd440e ->
00009a68eead97e1
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124280 cycles, 00009a68eefefe95 ->
00009a68eecf525d
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124342 cycles, 00009a6907369ac7 ->
00009a690706ee51
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124592 cycles, 00009a69147b7019 ->
00009a69144bc2a9
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124609 cycles, 00009a69aa0dd745 ->
00009a69a9de29c4
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124637 cycles, 00009a69df64a2ff ->
00009a69df34f562
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124652 cycles, 00009a6a649d4a10 ->
00009a6a646d9c64
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124663 cycles, 00009a6ad73c29e2 ->
00009a6ad70c7c2b
new TSC-warp maximum: -3124699 cycles, 00009af351a28fbb ->
00009af35172e1e0
| # of TSC-warps:185478076 | # of TOD-warps:185477650 \

real 6m58.633s
user 5m17.436s
sys 1m27.135s


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