Jan Kiszka wrote:
Jim Cromie wrote:
FYI,

Ive just built 17-rc1-mm1, and noted that the new time-keeping-system
http://lwn.net/Articles/176837/

can now detect the buggy TSC on my GEODE-sc1100 cpu,
and also that its apparently fixable by adding 'idle=poll' to
kernel-boot-line.

Keeps your CPU safe and warm, I guess. ;)

for me personally, its the new-found certainty that the bug is repeatedly observable and correctable :-)

Ive historically had an issue with  my ntp-server on this box,
which slips badly when running latency tests under certain conditions
(ie, the dd workload is using /dev/hda, a real interrupt source, rather than /dev/zero)

FWIW, my 2.6.16-ipipe-122 kernel takes a *long* time to boot,
even while printk numbers look good.

The delays/pauses are in several subsystems, most notably after these dmesg lines:

[   30.768098] Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00alpha2
[ 30.775141] ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx

(1 min pause)

[   31.209246] hda: SanDisk SDCFB-512, CFA DISK drive

[ 30.561093] Serial: 8250/16550 driver $Revision: 1.90 $ 4 ports, IRQ sharing disabled

30.574876] serial8250: ttyS0 at I/O 0x3f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
[   30.586719] serial8250: ttyS1 at I/O 0x2f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A

(more delays, in various spots, and Im now much more aware of them..)

FWIW, before now, Ive never needed idle=poll, so it seems that adeos/xenomai
is more sensitive to these long delays than vanilla linux,  (same for more
recent versions of kernel & adeos). OTOH, Ive only recently added timestamps to
printks, and Im also a bit more sensitive now than I once was ..


Does it make any sense that adeos / xenomai is more sensitive to a bad TSC
than it used to be ?

thanks
jimc

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