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SubjectRe: [PATCH] clocksource, prevent overflow in clocksource_cyc2ns
On Thu, 5 Apr 2012, Prarit Bhargava wrote:

> >
> > So what kernel version are you using?
>
> I retested using top of the linux.git tree, running
>
> echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq
> for i in `seq 10000`; do sleep 1000 & done
> echo t > /proc/sysrq-trigger
>
> and I no longer see a problem. However, if I increase the number of threads to
> 1000/cpu I get
>
> Clocksource %s unstable (delta = -429565427)
> Clocksource switching to hpet

You are issuing a command which puts the kernel into a state where is
dumps data for several seconds with interrupts disabled. And you expect that
everything can cope with that?

> If I hack in (sorry for the cut-and-paste)
> ....
> + cs_nsec = mult_frac(((csnow - cs->cs_last), cs->mult,
> + 1UL << cs->shift);
>
> - cs_nsec = clocksource_cyc2ns((csnow - cs->cs_last) &
> - cs->mask, cs->mult, cs->shift);
> then I don't see unstable messages.

That does not make your approach more correct. The HPET wraparound
time is ~3 seconds, so you screwed everything already, when your dump
lasts longer than that. And there are clocksources which wrap way
faster.

No, you can't fix that by hacking the timer code. A wraparound CANNOT
be fixed by hacks.

So instead of fiddling in the victims, please fix the root cause,
i.e. that stupid sysrq-t code which should not need to have interrupts
disabled just to dump all that state. If that's not possible, send a
patch to the sysrq documentation and warn about the consequences.

But stay away from code which is correct already. You CANNOT fix a
problem which is caused by abnormal system state by hacking the code
which is exposing the problem.

All you do is making hot pathes more expensive with a very dubious
value. The time related calls are hotpath functions and optimized.

Aside of that you are breaking all architectures which do not have a
native 64/32 instruction.

This mult_frac stuff is not going to happen, period.

Thanks,

tglx


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