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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: Export tsc related information in sysfs
On Mon, 2010-05-24 at 13:20 -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 05/24/2010 11:51 AM, john stultz wrote:
> >
> > Hmmm. That could be an option for newer cpus that I wouldn't oppose.
> >
> > While Peter is correct that the stamped value is probably not very
> > accurate, atleast it would be constant from boot to boot, and NTP's
> > calculated drift value would be correct.
> >
> > We'd need a check to make sure its not way off, since NTP will give up
> > if its outside 500ppm. So as long as its close to the calibrated value,
> > we probably could use it.
> >
> Is that still the case? I thought newer versions of NTP could deal with
> large values. Inaccuracies of way more than 500 ppm are everyday.

That's scary.

Yea, in the kernel the ntp freq correction tops out at 500ppm. Almost
all the systems I see tend to fall in the +/- 200ppm range (if there's
not something terribly wrong with the hardware).

So maybe things aren't so bad out there? Or is that wishful thinking?


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