I really tried to not answer this message and finish the "endless thread" you 
mentioned, but I couldn't resist. ;) Maybe this will be the last post from my 
own on this thread and will begin writing in the new thread. See below, 
Em Terça 14 Março 2006 17:29, Jan Kiszka escreveu:

>Ok, your framework is effectively aiming for relative times here, that's
>clear now. But your driver will deliver individual frames with absolute
>timestamp, right?


>Then it's up to the user to NOT mix up these 
>timestamps with dates obtained from the system clock. You will have to
>state this clearly!

Sure, of course. No problem with that.

>Moreover, when considering the TSC as high-resolution timestamp source,
>this is not applicable on SMP / multicore systems. Those tend to have
>unsynchronised and drifting TSCs. So if the first picture was taken on
>one CPU and the second on some other...

Unfortunately I can not arguee on that for now since I know almost nothing 
about SMP systems. I'll take a look on the topic and hopely soon I'll return 
you what I think about it.

>> I'm not talking especifically about this application, but giving you a
>> general idea of what is not possible to do currently with RTDM if the
>> application set the timer to periodic.
>And as I have this general view in mind, I want to avoid that the TSC
>issue gets exported via RTDM drivers to the user. That's already
>problematic for the other skins, but having to write special notes all
>over the documentation of dozens of driver using mixed clocks would be
>very unhandy.

I don't understand why adding a new function like this would change a lot the 
documentation. I really can not see your worries... If you could give me a 
practical example, maybe it would be easier for me...

>I see the need for having a high-resolution timestamp aside a
>low-overhead and low-resolution timer now, 

good, got an ally. ;)

>and I think we need to look 
>for a way to avoid its negative sides.

First I need to understand better what exactly are the negative sides...

>Not sure yet if it will be 
>feasible, but I will come up with a new thread on this topic soon...

Yes, I've seen. I'll discuss next messages there.

Thank you,


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