Jan Kiszka wrote:
> ...
> Xenomai is loaded at this time but not yet used. Linux runs in tickless
> highres mode and obviously had programmed the host timer to fire here.
> But instead of one timer IRQ (233) + its handling, we see an additional
> early shot (about 3 µs too early here - the longer the timer is
> programmed in advance, the larger the error gets) before the xntimer
> finally expires. But at the same time, /proc/xenomai/latency reports
> 1000 (1 µs). So there must be more discrepancy between TSC and APIC
> timebases, no? Well, nothing critical, but at least suboptimal, maybe
> pointing at some hidden minor bug. Once time permits, I will check the
> APIC frequency and the delay calculation on my box and compare it to
> what Linux uses.

Looks like Xenomai is using an inaccurate APIC frequency (probably since
ages): 10.383 MHz on one of my boxes vs. 10.39591 MHz according to
Linux' calibration ( (1,000,000,000 ns * clock_event_device.mult) >>
clock_event_device.shift ), which is based on the PM-timer. As the real
frequency is higher, the APIC fires earlier than we want to. Consider,
e.g., the 4 ms host tick period => 5 µs too early! This correlates with
my LTTng traces.

I will try to fix this issue by extending the ipipe_request_tickdev
interface so that it returns also the frequency of the requested tick
device - as long as Xenomai 2.4 is not released, such an API breakage
should not cause any hassle IMHO.

(At this chance, I will also try to kill clock_event_device.delta. I
think I have a nicer approach...)


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