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SubjectRe: [-mm patch] x86_64 GTOD: offer scalable vgettimeofday II
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On Thursday 01 February 2007 12:46, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>
> * jbohac@suse.cz <jbohac@suse.cz> wrote:
>
> > Inter-CPU monotonicity can not, however, be guaranteed in a vsyscall,
> > so vsyscall is not used by default. [...]
>
> note that this is not actually the case. My patch below, ontop of -mm,
> implements a fully monotonic gettimeofday as an optional vsyscall
> feature.
>
> The 'price' paid for it is lower resolution - but it's still good for
> those benchmarking TPC-C runs - and /alot/ simpler.

BTW another comment: I was told that at least one of the big databases
wants ms resolution here. So to make your scheme work
would require a HZ=1024 regular interrupt. But that would also make
everything slower again due to CPU overhead as it was learned in the 2.4->2.6 HZ
transition.

So it might not actually be worth it.

-Andi

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