Re: [PATCH net-next v3 2/4] net: mdio: add PTP offset compensation to mdiobus_write_sts

From: Hubert Feurstein
Date: Tue Aug 20 2019 - 12:57:11 EST

Am Di., 20. Aug. 2019 um 17:40 Uhr schrieb Miroslav Lichvar
> On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 05:23:06PM +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> > > - take a second "post" system timestamp after the completion
> >
> > For this hardware, completion is an interrupt, which has a lot of
> > jitter on it. But this hardware is odd, in that it uses an
> > interrupt. Every other MDIO bus controller uses polled IO, with an
> > mdelay(10) or similar between each poll. So the jitter is going to be
> > much larger.
> I think a large jitter is ok in this case. We just need to timestamp
> something that we know for sure happened after the PHC timestamp. It
> should have no impact on the offset and its stability, just the
> reported delay. A test with phc2sys should be able to confirm that.
> phc2sys selects the measurement with the shortest delay, which has
> least uncertainty. I'd say that applies to both interrupt and polling.
> If it is difficult to specify the minimum interrupt delay, I'd still
> prefer an overly pessimistic interval assuming a zero delay.
Currently I do not see the benefit from this. The original intention was to
compensate for the remaining offset as good as possible. The current code
of phc2sys uses the delay only for the filtering of the measurement record
with the shortest delay and for reporting and statistics. Why not simple shift
the timestamps with the offset to the point where we expect the PHC timestamp
to be captured, and we have a very good result compared to where we came