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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Convert alpha to use arch_gettimeoffset()
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On Fri, 2009-06-12 at 00:03 -0700, Richard Henderson wrote:
> john stultz wrote:
> > I suspect the alpha arch could even be further improved to provide and
> > rpcc() based clocksource, but not having the hardware, I don't feel
> > comfortable attempting the more complicated conversion (but I'd be glad
> > to help if anyone else is interested).
>
> Unfortunately this isn't possible. The rpcc value is only 32-bits wide,
> and so rolls over in approx 3 to 4 seconds. Thus all the contortions to
> try and use the truncated value for sub 1 second adjustments.

That's actually ok. The ACPI PM clocksource on x86 is only 24 bits wide
and wraps every 5 seconds. The generic timekeeping code handles the
wrapping and accumulation for you.


> > + delta_cycles = rpcc() - state.last_time;
> > + partial_tick = state.partial_tick;
> > /*
> > * usec = cycles * ticks_per_cycle * 2**48 * 1e6 / (2**48 * ticks)
> > * = cycles * (s_t_p_c) * 1e6 / (2**48 * ticks)
> > @@ -448,62 +437,9 @@ do_gettimeofday(struct timeval *tv)
> > delta_usec = ((delta_usec / ((1UL << (FIX_SHIFT-6-1)) * HZ)) + 1) / 2;
> > #endif
> ...
> > + return delta_usec * 1000;
>
> If we're going to be computing nsec now, we might as well adjust
> the computation here.
>
> nsec = cycles * ticks_per_cycle * 1e9 / HZ
> = cycles * s_t_p_c * 1e9 / (2**48 * HZ)
> = cycles * s_t_p_c * 1953125 / (2**39 * HZ)
>
> delta_nsec = delta_cycles*state.scaled_ticks_per_cycle + partial_tick;
> delta_nsec *= 1953125
> delta_nsec /= HZ << (FIX_SHIFT - 9 - 1);
> delta_nsec = (delta_nsec + 1) / 2;
>
> As far as I can tell, the range of the dividend is about 7e17,
> which still fits in an unsigned long.

That seems like a good optimization, although I'm hesitant to submit
anything but structural, but equivalent code changes since I don't have
the hardware to test with.

Might you create a patch that does this conversion and apply it on top
of mine?

thanks
-john



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