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SubjectRe: 'global' rq->clock
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On Fri, 2008-05-02 at 14:48 -0700, David Miller wrote:
> From: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>
> Date: Fri, 02 May 2008 21:56:26 +0200
>
> > Ok, the the below would need something that relates tick_timestamp's to
> > one another.. probably sucks without it..
> >
> > OTOH, Andi said he was working on a fastish global sched_clock() thingy,
> > Andi got a link to that code?
>
> While I'm fine with this kind of stuff being added to constantly cope
> with x86's joke of a TSC register implementation, it's starting to
> become an enormous burdon for platforms where the TICK source actually
> works properly.
>
> Heck, on my Niagara2 chips, all 64 cpus use the same physical register
> for the TICK source, it physically can't get desynchronized :-)
>
> So, a way to turn all of this muck off would be much appreciated.
> I'm happy to test anything on sparc64, and I'm sure the powerpc
> folks are as well.
>
> And I also heard a rumor that Peter has access to a machine with a
> stable tick source for testing :-)

Yeah, I was thinking of a way for architectures to signify how much help
they need building the various clocks. Sparc, power and s390 would not
need any help.



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