Philippe Gerum wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-04-28 at 07:50 +0200, Gilles Chanteperdrix wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> currently, the situation is this:
>> - the timing core uses an approximate value of the cpu frequency (using
>> xnarch_llmulshft) to do conversions between tsc and ns;
>> - the APIC timer reprogrammation still uses imuldiv, that is a more
>> exact cpu frequency, coupled with an approximate APIC frequency
>> (obtained from ipipe_request_tickdev), to do the conversion between tsc
>> delays and APIC delays;
>> - the posix skin uses llimd to do conversions between timespec and
>> timeval structures and tsc values
>> - the posix and native skins in user-space still use llimd to do
>> conversions between ns and tsc (only if using tsc in user-space).
>>
>> These are causes of unprecisions, I think we should fix this, though it
>> is unlikely to be the cause of the high jitters observed by Vikesh with
>> 2.5-rc1.
>>
> 
> Ack, we definitely should. Working on allowing userland to use
> llmulshift for timing computations for the native skin here, as a first
> step. For that purpose, xnsysinfo_t has just been extended to carry the
> pre-scaled values needed for llmulshft. I just don't want to have to
> issue a syscall for those conversions to take place.

Actually, the pre-scaled values could be re-computed in user-space
without changing the ABI. BTW, I wonder why this computations starts
with a shift value of 31 and not 32. Using 32 when possible would
improve the precision.

-- 
                                                 Gilles.

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