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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 01/16] tracing: convert trace_clock_local() as weak function
Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Sat, 14 Nov 2009, Wu Zhangjin wrote:
>> From: Wu Zhangjin <>
>> trace_clock_local() is based on the arch-specific sched_clock(), in X86,
>> it is tsc(64bit) based, which can give very high precision(about 1ns
>> with 1GHz). but in MIPS, the sched_clock() is jiffies based, which can
>> give only 10ms precison with 1000 HZ. which is not enough for tracing,
>> especially for Real Time system.
>> so, we need to implement a MIPS specific sched_clock() to get higher
>> precision. There is a tsc like clock counter register in MIPS, whose
>> frequency is half of the processor, so, if the cpu frequency is 800MHz,
>> the time precision reaches 2.5ns, which is very good for tracing, even
>> for Real Time system.
>> but 'Cause it is only 32bit long, which will rollover quickly, so, such
>> a sched_clock() will bring with extra load, which is not good for the
>> whole system. so, we only need to implement a arch-specific
>> trace_clock_local() for tracing. as a preparation, we convert it as a
>> weak function.
> Hmm, I'm not convinced that this is really a huge overhead.
> First of all the rollover happens once every 10 seconds on a 800MHz
> machine.
> Secondly we have a lockless implementation of extending 32bit counters
> to 63 bit which is used at least by ARM to provide a high resolution
> sched_clock implementation. See include/linux/cnt32_63.h and the users
> in arch/
> But that's a problem which can be discussed seperately and does not
> affect the rest of the tracing infrastructure. I really would
> recommend that you implement a sched_clock for the r4k machines based
> on cnt32_63 and measure the overhead. Having a fine granular
> sched_clock in general is probably not a bad thing.

please cc me on this discuss too. I have working ftrace implementation
in my tree and I need improve timing too. I have similar patch as MIPS
use. But I am not able to use it via timecounters. Something is weird
there that's why I am open to find out any sensible and accepted solution.


> Thanks,
> tglx

Michal Simek, Ing. (M.Eng)
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