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SubjectRe: [RFC 1/2] printk: Enable platform to provide a early boot clock
Hi Thomas,

On Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 11:08:04AM +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Jun 2018, Feng Tang wrote:
> > On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 05:20:58PM +0800, Feng Tang wrote:
> > > Currently printk timestamp mostly come from the sched_clock which
> > > depends on the clock setup, so there are many kernel logs started
> > > with "[ 0.000000] " before the clock is calibrated.
> > >
> > > This patch will provide an debug option for specific platform to
> > > provide a early boot time clock, so that we can have time info in
> > > kernel log much earlier, which can show the time info for the early
> > > kernel boot, and make boottime tuning/optimization easier (boot time
> > > is critical for phone/tablet and embedded devices).
> > >
> > > Capable platform only need to setup the "boot_printk_clock_fn"
> > > which could return time in nano seconds.
> > >
> > > Together with a TSC patch on x86 system, we have easily captured
> > > some early boottime killer like unwind_init() which takes about
> > > 300ms in boot phase.
> >
> > Hi Petr and all,
> >
> > As the 2/2 tsc related patch is still under review/discussion, can
> > we consider taking this first? As this may benefit other archs.
> > For example, Intel Curie platform has an always-on 32KHz osc clock,
> > which is accurate but low frequency, and it could be used as
> > early printk timestamp until the high-resolution timer is initialized
> > and used as sched_clock. Don't know if ARM or other platforms
> > have similar use case.
>
> Can we please _NOT_ add half sorted core stuff in a hurry?

Got it.

The status for the 2/2 tsc patch is Peter suggested to bring the tsc_init()
earlier, with that this 1/2 is not needed for x86. I followed Peter's
suggestion and worked out a hack version with which the tsc inits fine
and printk timestamp works much earlier (detail is in the 2/2 thread).

But there is one blocker, the native_sched_clock()(tsc.c) use one staic key
__use_tsc and sched_clock_cpu()(clock.c) use another "__sched_clock_stable",
which cannot be used so early, one problem is the static_branch_enable()
will use pageing related code while the paging is not setup ready yet.
I haven't got idea to solve this first problem regarding static key.

Thanks,
Feng

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