Re: [topic change] jiffies as a time value

From: john stultz
Date: Tue Mar 15 2005 - 22:58:29 EST

I'm still digesting your mail. For now I'll just answer the easy bits,
and I'll owe you a better reply once I get all of this absorbed.

On Tue, 2005-03-15 at 15:01 -0800, George Anzinger wrote:
> We also need, IMNSHO to recognize that, at lest with some hardware, that
> interrupt IS in fact the clock and is the only reasonable way we have of reading
> it. This is true, for example, on the x86. The TSC we use as a fill in for
> between interrupts is not stable in the long term and should only be used to
> interpolate over 1 to 10 ticks or so.

Yep, the TSC is a terrible time source, but everyone still loves it! Its
so fast! However since every timesource isn't so bad, I don't feel we
need to punish everyone with the bugs interpolation can cause.

So my plan is an "interpolated timesource", which will fit into my
current framework without any changes. Basically it will work as the
current tsc/tick code does, but just in its own timesource driver, so
the core code stays pretty and sane. It will still preserve some of the
issues we see now with the interpolated time code, but since we're in a
more flexible environment, we might be able more easily try new


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