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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] Add a global synchronization point for pvclock
On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 03:25:43PM -0300, Glauber Costa wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 09:19:38AM -0700, Jeremy Fitzhardinge wrote:
> > On 04/19/2010 07:26 AM, Glauber Costa wrote:
> > >> Is the problem that the tscs are starting out of sync, or that they're
> > >> drifting relative to each other over time? Do the problems become worse
> > >> the longer the uptime? How large are the offsets we're talking about here?
> > >>
> > > The offsets usually seem pretty small, under a microsecond. So I don't think
> > > it has anything to do with tscs starting out of sync. Specially because the
> > > delta-based calculation has the exact purpose of handling that case.
> > >
> >
> > So you think they're drifting out of sync from an initially synced
> > state? If so, what would bound the drift?
> I think delta calculation introduces errors.

Yes.

> Marcelo can probably confirm it, but he has a nehalem with an appearently
> very good tsc source. Even this machine warps.
>
> It stops warping if we only write pvclock data structure once and forget it,
> (which only updated tsc_timestamp once), according to him.

Yes. So its not as if the guest visible TSCs go out of sync (they don't
on this machine Glauber mentioned, or even on a multi-core Core 2 Duo),
but the delta calculation is very hard (if not impossible) to get right.

The timewarps i've seen were in the 0-200ns range, and very rare (once
every 10 minutes or so).

> Obviously, we can't do that everywhere.


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