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SubjectRe: [PATCH] i386 No-Idle-Hz aka Dynamic-Ticks 5
On Sun, Aug 07, 2005 at 03:12:21PM +1000, Con Kolivas wrote:
> Respin of the dynamic ticks patch for i386 by Tony Lindgen and Tuukka Tikkanen
> with further code cleanups. Are were there yet?

Con,
I am afraid until SMP correctness is resolved, then this is not
in a position to go in (unless you want to enable it only for UP, which
I think should not be our target). I am working on making this work
correctly on SMP systems. Hopefully I will post a patch soon.

Another observation I have made regarding dynamic tick patch is that PIT is
being reprogrammed whenever the CPUs are coming out of sleep state (because of
an interrupt say). This can happen at any arbitary time, not necessarily on
jiffy boundaries. As a result, there will be an offset between when jiffy
interrupts will now occur vs when they would have originally occured had PIT
never been stopped. Not sure if having this offset is good, but atleast one
necessary change that I foresee if zeroing delay_at_last_interrupt when
disabling dynamic tick. For that matter, it may be easier to disable the PIT
timer by just masking PIT interrupts (instead of changing its mode).

Will keep you posted of my progress with dynamic tick patch.


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Thanks and Regards,
Srivatsa Vaddagiri,
Linux Technology Center,
IBM Software Labs,
Bangalore, INDIA - 560017
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