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SubjectRe: [PATCH] raise tsc clocksource rating
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On Mon, 2007-10-29 at 23:17 +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Oct 2007, Glauber de Oliveira Costa wrote:
>
> CC'ed John and removed glauber@t60.localdomain :)
>
> > From: Glauber de Oliveira Costa <glauber@t60.localdomain>
> >
> > tsc is very good time source (when it does not have drifts, does not
> > change it's frequency, i.e. when it works), so it should have its rating
> > raised to a value greater than, or equal 400.

But all of those qualities (and more) make it less then ideal.

What issue exactly does this patch resolve?

> > Since it's being a tendency among paravirt clocksources to use values
> > around 400, we should declare tsc as even better: So we use 500.

This is the rating inflation I was initially worried about and created
the advisory scale to avoid. If paravirt clocksources are rated too
high, they should be dropped.

I strongly disagree that the TSC is a "perfect" clocksource, and I think
its rating is appropriate.


> > This patch also touches the comments on clocksource.h, which suggests
> > that 499 would be a limit on the rating values.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Glauber de Oliveira Costa <gcosta@redhat.com>
>
> Acked-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>

If a better justification can be provided, I might reconsider, but right
now I can't ack this.

thanks
-john

> > ---
> > arch/x86/kernel/tsc_32.c | 2 +-
> > arch/x86/kernel/tsc_64.c | 2 +-
> > include/linux/clocksource.h | 2 +-
> > 3 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/tsc_32.c b/arch/x86/kernel/tsc_32.c
> > index 9ebc0da..4d91e59 100644
> > --- a/arch/x86/kernel/tsc_32.c
> > +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/tsc_32.c
> > @@ -280,7 +280,7 @@ static cycle_t read_tsc(void)
> >
> > static struct clocksource clocksource_tsc = {
> > .name = "tsc",
> > - .rating = 300,
> > + .rating = 500,
> > .read = read_tsc,
> > .mask = CLOCKSOURCE_MASK(64),
> > .mult = 0, /* to be set */
> > diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/tsc_64.c b/arch/x86/kernel/tsc_64.c
> > index 9c70af4..4fd5b1b 100644
> > --- a/arch/x86/kernel/tsc_64.c
> > +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/tsc_64.c
> > @@ -262,7 +262,7 @@ static cycle_t __vsyscall_fn vread_tsc(void)
> >
> > static struct clocksource clocksource_tsc = {
> > .name = "tsc",
> > - .rating = 300,
> > + .rating = 500,
> > .read = read_tsc,
> > .mask = CLOCKSOURCE_MASK(64),
> > .shift = 22,
> > diff --git a/include/linux/clocksource.h b/include/linux/clocksource.h
> > index 107787a..5b0aadd 100644
> > --- a/include/linux/clocksource.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/clocksource.h
> > @@ -39,7 +39,7 @@ struct clocksource;
> > * A correct and usable clocksource.
> > * 300-399: Desired.
> > * A reasonably fast and accurate clocksource.
> > - * 400-499: Perfect
> > + * >= 400 : Perfect
> > * The ideal clocksource. A must-use where
> > * available.
> > * @read: returns a cycle value
> > --
> > 1.5.0.6
> >
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