On Tue, 2009-04-28 at 15:45 +0200, Gilles Chanteperdrix wrote:
> Philippe Gerum wrote:
> > On Tue, 2009-04-28 at 14:21 +0200, Gilles Chanteperdrix wrote:
> >> 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.
> > 
> > We don't care that much about changing the ABI between -rc1 and -rc2
> > actually, so it mostly depends whether we want to backport the fix to
> > 2.4 regarding the tsc->ns conversion, since we do not have any nodiv
> > implementation for the ns->tsc one there yet.
> 
> But we have llmulshft, do we ? which means that we do have the problem
> of approximate cpu frequency.
> 
 
So I guess your answer to the "should backport" question is yes, we
should. Ok, so we do have to run xnarch_init_u32frac and friends from
userland. I will try to find a better excuse for procrastinating then...

-- 
Philippe.



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