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SubjectRe: [RFT] Please test rdtsc on various x86-64 hardware (app included)
On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM, Colin Walters <walters@verbum.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM, Andrew Lutomirski <luto@mit.edu> wrote:
>> Hi all-
>>
>> I'd appreciate some help testing rdtsc's ordering wrt memory on
>> various hardware.  You can download evil-clock-test code at:
>>
>> https://gitorious.org/linux-test-utils/linux-clock-tests/blobs/raw/master/evil-clock-test.cc
>
> Hmm...the first time I ran it, it started OK, then printed over and over:
>
>  ERROR!  Time1 went back by 2380216472
>  ERROR!  Time1 went back by 2380216080
>  ERROR!  Time1 went back by 2380215704
>  ERROR!  Time1 went back by 2380215320

Well, crap. Can you run:
dmesg | grep -i tsc

There are two possible explanations:
1. Your tscs are out of sync, and whether the test notices or not
depends on which cpus the scheduler sticks the threads on.
2. I have a dumb bug that makes it malfunction. I used to have some
of those but I thought I fixed them.

Thanks,
Andy

>
> and the original output was lost in the terminal emulator history.
> After piping it to tee a second time, of course it worked and didn't
> print any errors =)
>
> CPU vendor   : GenuineIntel
> CPU model    : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q9400  @ 2.66GHz
> CPU stepping : 10
> TSC flags    : tsc constant_tsc
> Using lfence_rdtsc because you have an Intel CPU
> Will test the "lfence;rdtsc" clock.
> Now test passed  : margin 160 with 28911200 samples
> Load3 test passed: margin 144 with 2493322 samples
> Load test passed : margin 120 with 4929138 samples
> Store test failed as expected: worst error 2184 with 4409828 samples
>
> What's interesting is it seems unpredictable when running it whether
> it will error out =/ Here's the start of a failing trace:
>
> CPU vendor   : GenuineIntel
> CPU model    : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q9400  @ 2.66GHz
> CPU stepping : 10
> TSC flags    : tsc constant_tsc
> Using lfence_rdtsc because you have an Intel CPU
> Will test the "lfence;rdtsc" clock.
> Now test failed  : worst error 2399269920 with 28704328 samples
>  ERROR!  Time1 went back by 2399197568
>  ERROR!  Time1 went back by 2399196984
>
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