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SubjectRE: [discuss] Re: [PATCH] Allow all Opteron processors to change pstate at same time
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> - Set this option
> - Let the system run for let's say a day or two with some
> freq transitions and varying loads [Better would be to let
> two systems run in this way to compare]
> - Then hotunplug all the CPUs >0 with
> for i in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/online ; do echo 0 > $i ; done
> - Wait a bit
> - Restart them again with
> for i in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/online ; do echo 1 > $i ; done
>
> The kernel should now print the results of the TSC resync for
> the replugged CPUs with output like this
>
> CPU N: Syncing TSC to CPU 0.
> CPU N: synchronized TSC with CPU 0 (last diff XXX cycles,
> maxerr YYY cycles)
>
> How do these numbers look like, also compared to the original
> boot output?
>
> If the cycles diverge more between the different CPUs it
> would be a bad sign.
> It would mean that the error would add up over longer runtime
> and timing would get more and more unstable.

Andi -

Are you sure this test is testing what you think it is testing?
I just ran my system with the stock 2.6.18 kernel and TSC enabled.
I ran PN! on a varying load long enough for the clocks to become
completely unglued. The time delta on the command `date;sleep 5;
date` was going from -10 to 30 seconds. However, the results
of your test show no problems:

during bootup
SMP alternatives: switching to SMP code
Booting processor 1/4 APIC 0x1
Initializing CPU#1
Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 4394.60 BogoMIPS
(lpj=8789206)
CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
CPU: L2 Cache: 1024K (64 bytes/line)
CPU 1/1 -> Node 1
AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 854 stepping 01
CPU 1: Syncing TSC to CPU 0.
CPU 1: synchronized TSC with CPU 0 (last diff -135 cycles, maxerr 968
cycles)
SMP alternatives: switching to SMP code
Booting processor 2/4 APIC 0x2
Initializing CPU#2
Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 4394.60 BogoMIPS
(lpj=8789208)
CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
CPU: L2 Cache: 1024K (64 bytes/line)
CPU 2/2 -> Node 2
AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 838 stepping 01
CPU 2: Syncing TSC to CPU 0.
CPU 2: synchronized TSC with CPU 0 (last diff -132 cycles, maxerr 949
cycles)
SMP alternatives: switching to SMP code
Booting processor 3/4 APIC 0x3
Initializing CPU#3
Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 4394.60 BogoMIPS
(lpj=8789214)
CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
CPU: L2 Cache: 1024K (64 bytes/line)
CPU 3/3 -> Node 3
AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 838 stepping 01
CPU 3: Syncing TSC to CPU 0.
CPU 3: synchronized TSC with CPU 0 (last diff -184 cycles, maxerr 1648
cycles)
Brought up 4 CPUs

hot add of offlined CPUs
Booting processor 1/4 APIC 0x1
Initializing CPU#1
Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 1997.56 BogoMIPS
(lpj=3995129)
CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
CPU: L2 Cache: 1024K (64 bytes/line)
CPU 1/1 -> Node 1
AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 854 stepping 01
CPU 1: Syncing TSC to CPU 0.
CPU 1: synchronized TSC with CPU 0 (last diff -102 cycles, maxerr 685
cycles)
powernow-k8: 0 : fid 0xe (2200 MHz), vid 0xc
powernow-k8: 1 : fid 0xc (2000 MHz), vid 0xe
powernow-k8: 2 : fid 0xa (1800 MHz), vid 0x10
powernow-k8: 3 : fid 0x2 (1000 MHz), vid 0x12
SMP alternatives: switching to SMP code
Booting processor 2/4 APIC 0x2
Initializing CPU#2
Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 1997.54 BogoMIPS
(lpj=3995084)
CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
CPU: L2 Cache: 1024K (64 bytes/line)
CPU 2/2 -> Node 2
AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 838 stepping 01
CPU 2: Syncing TSC to CPU 0.
CPU 2: synchronized TSC with CPU 0 (last diff -97 cycles, maxerr 663
cycles)
powernow-k8: 0 : fid 0xe (2200 MHz), vid 0x6
powernow-k8: 1 : fid 0xc (2000 MHz), vid 0x8
powernow-k8: 2 : fid 0xa (1800 MHz), vid 0xa
powernow-k8: 3 : fid 0x2 (1000 MHz), vid 0x12
SMP alternatives: switching to SMP code
Booting processor 3/4 APIC 0x3
Initializing CPU#3
Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 1997.54 BogoMIPS
(lpj=3995099)
CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
CPU: L2 Cache: 1024K (64 bytes/line)
CPU 3/3 -> Node 3
AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 838 stepping 01
CPU 3: Syncing TSC to CPU 0.
CPU 3: synchronized TSC with CPU 0 (last diff -109 cycles, maxerr 1024
cycles)
powernow-k8: 0 : fid 0xe (2200 MHz), vid 0x6
powernow-k8: 1 : fid 0xc (2000 MHz), vid 0x8
powernow-k8: 2 : fid 0xa (1800 MHz), vid 0xa
powernow-k8: 3 : fid 0x2 (1000 MHz), vid 0x12

Is there a better test we can be using?

-Mark Langsdorf
AMD, Inc.


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