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SubjectRe: [PATCH] clocksource: Avoid selecting mult values that might overflow when adjusted
On Thu, 3 Nov 2011, John Stultz wrote:

> On Thu, 2011-11-03 at 10:01 -0400, John Stultz wrote:
> > On Thu, 2011-11-03 at 14:26 +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > > On Thu, 3 Nov 2011, John Stultz wrote:
> > > > On Thu, 2011-11-03 at 13:05 +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > > > > On Wed, 2 Nov 2011, John Stultz wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > + WARN_ONCE(timekeeper.mult+adj >
> > > > > > + timekeeper.clock->mult + timekeeper.clock->maxadj,
> > > > > > + "Adjusting more then 11%%");
> > > > >
> > > > > Shouldn't we rather limit the update instead of just warn and overflow ?
> > > >
> > > > Well, I'm hesitant to commit to that, just yet. So I figured I'd start
> > > > with the warning.
> > >
> > > OTOH, we know right there that we might warp 32bit and confuse the
> > > hell out of timekeeping, which is not a real good thing either.
> >
> > Oh certainly, but two things:
> > 1) The 11% max is not the actual overflow edge. Its just calculated as
> > safe. The overflow could as far out as ~22%.
> >
> > 2) This is the first case in however many years I've heard of of mult
> > overflowing. So before we go changing the NTP code (which is really
> > terribly complex, but has been working fairly well for awhile) I want to
> > have some sense that the 11% max adjustment assumption is really
> > correct.
> >
> > But maybe I'm being too conservative? If we do limit the adjustment
> > keeping the warning, I guess we'd know why things blew up on previously
> > working machines.
>
> Oh, and the other bit is that not all clocksources have been converted
> over to using clocksource_register_hz/khz, so some may be using very
> small shift values, which could more easily hit large % mult adjustment
> (due to the resulting coarseness of each integer change) that wouldn't
> cause overflows.

Fair enough. I'm queuing it.


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