Re: [PATCH 0/3] arm64: Allow early timestamping of kernel log

From: Marc Zyngier
Date: Tue Jul 23 2019 - 03:17:47 EST

On Mon, 22 Jul 2019 21:52:42 +0100,
Pavel Tatashin <pasha.tatashin@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 3:33 AM Marc Zyngier <marc.zyngier@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > So far, we've let the arm64 kernel start its meaningful time stamping
> > of the kernel log pretty late, which is caused by sched_clock() being
> > initialised rather late compared to other architectures.
> >
> > Pavel Tatashin proposed[1] to move the initialisation of sched_clock
> > much earlier, which I had objections to. The reason for initialising
> > sched_clock late is that a number of systems have broken counters, and
> > we need to apply all kind of terrifying workarounds to avoid time
> > going backward on the affected platforms. Being able to identify the
> > right workaround comes pretty late in the kernel boot, and providing
> > an unreliable sched_clock, even for a short period of time, isn't an
> > appealing prospect.
> >
> > To address this, I'm proposing that we allow an architecture to chose
> > to (1) divorce time stamping and sched_clock during the early phase of
> > booting, and (2) inherit the time stamping clock as the new epoch the
> > first time a sched_sched clock gets registered.
> Could we have a stable clock config for arm64: if it is known that
> this Linux build is going to run on non-broken firmware, and with a
> known stable cntvct_el0 register it can be optionally configured to
> use that stable sched_clock instead of generic clock that arm64 is
> using?

Hmmm. Then I guess a prerequisite is this patch:

as the number of systems this will reliably run on is a close
approximation to zero. Yes, counting is hard...

More seriously, we've been there before (cue the 32bit ARM port 8
years ago), and really don't want to go back to a time where we had
multiple config options for everything. There is one kernel, which
should run *reliably* on everything.

> This way, the early printk are going to be available on those
> systems without adding a different method for printk's only. It would
> also mean that other users of early sched_clock() such as ftrace could
> benefit from it.

See above. But maybe the real thing to do is to allow local_clock() to
be overridden. Same effect, same complexity, just hidden away from any
given subsystem.



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