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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/3] Add accurate boot timing to a Linux system
Hi,

Russell King - ARM Linux a écrit :
> On Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 04:03:15PM -0700, Simon Glass wrote:
>> An accurate timer is required to make the numbers meaningful. Many
>> modern platforms have a microsecond timer. This patch set uses a
>> function called timer_get_us() to read the timer.
>
> Not another 'get a time value' function. Why do we need soo many?
> We have - at least:
>
> ktime_get (and various flavours of it)
> do_gettimeofday
> getnstimeofday
> sched_clock
>
> Do we really need yet another one which will have to be multiplexed
> amongst platforms, requiring scaling and so forth from whatever the
> platform provides?
>
> Remember that ARM timers are virtually all MMIO mapped, which means
> they don't work during early kernel bringup when the MMU mappings for
> the hardware have not been setup. (That's the reason stuff like
> sched_clock for printk doesn't work early.)
Doesn't cortexA-8 (and A9 ?) have a cycle counter that can be read by
coprocessor 15 ?

Couldn't we use that counter for early stuff on those architectures ?


Matthieu
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