Re: do_gettimeofday vs. rdtsc in the scheduler

From: David S. Miller (
Date: Tue Sep 17 2002 - 18:12:15 EST

   From: James Cleverdon <>
   Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 15:55:52 -0700
   The initial sync was easy, even with variable latencies on cache lines. A
   much simplified NTP-ish algorithm works fine. The painful thing was bus
   clock drift and programs that foolishly relied on the TSC being the same
   between CPUs and between nodes.

This is why the gettimeofday implementation should use the system tick
thing and also any profiling support in the C library should avoid
TSC as well.

For small stretches of code TSC can be used for very precise profiling
but otherwise it is pretty useless by in large.
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