Re: gettimeofday order of magnitude slower with pmtimer, which isdefault

From: john stultz
Date: Tue Mar 21 2006 - 14:31:56 EST

On Mon, 2006-03-20 at 13:24 +0100, bert hubert wrote:
> Yesterday, together with Zwane, I discovered each gettimeofday call costs me
> 4 usec on some boxes and almost nothing on others. We did a fruitless chase
> for vsyscall/sysenter happening but the problem turned out to be
> This problem has been discussed before
> Not only is the pm timer slow by design, it also needs to be read multiple
> times to work around a bug in certain hardware.
> What is new is that this option is now dependent on CONFIG_EMBEDDED. Unless
> you select this option, the PM Timer will always be used.
> Would a patch removing the link to EMBEDDED and adding a warning that while
> this timer is of high quality, it is slow, be welcome?

I think Ogawa's patch is the right solution for dropping the triple
read, which should help a good bit.

If you *really* are sure the TSC is usable on your system, you can
override it w/ clock=tsc. Warning users that the clock is slow without
giving them a way to know if the TSC is usable will likely just cause
more problem reports. And hey, its better then using the PIT :)


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