Re: [PATCH 9/9] clocksource: import ARC timer driver

From: Daniel Lezcano
Date: Tue Nov 01 2016 - 20:21:13 EST

On Tue, Nov 01, 2016 at 01:57:05PM -0700, Vineet Gupta wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
> On 11/01/2016 01:42 PM, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
> > Please stay consistent with the rest of the Kconfig.
> >
> > config ARC_TIMER_RTC
> > bool "64-bit cycle counter in HS38 cores" if COMPILE_TEST
> > select CLKSRC_OF
> > help
> > This counter provides 64-bit resolution vs. the 32-bit TIMER1.
> > It is implemented inside the core thus can't be used in SMP systems.
> >
> > config ARC_TIMER_GFRC
> > bool "64-bit cycle counter in ARConnect block in HS38x cores" if COMPILE_TEST
> > select CLKSRC_OF
> > help
> > This counter can be used as clocksource in SMP HS38 SoCs.
> > It sits outside the core thus can be used in SMP systems
> >
> Yes I did so already :-) Although I also added a default y if ARC to both, but as
> you say that is better done in ARC Kconfig.
> > Then in the ARC's Kconfig you select ARC_TIMER_RTC or ARC_TIMER_GFRC depending
> > it is SMP or not.
> >
> > One question:
> >
> > Why ARC_TIMER_RTC can't be used in a SMP system ? Doesn't have each core its
> > own clocksource ? It seems you are assuming a clocksource can be used on SMP
> > only if the clocksource is unique and shared across the cores.
> Thats what I thought so far. Thing is, the individual core's counters could get
> out of sync, simply because non masters cores were halted to begin with and came
> up at different points in real time. so a gtod might return different value
> depending on what core it landed on. Does clocksource also does ticks broadcasts
> and such to keep things in sync ?

Sounds like it is similar than the TSC. Do you agree to have a try by setting

If you can use those per cpu clocksource, performances on your system may
improve with the sched_clock().

> Because of the git mv you, diff didn't include bulk of driver code which would
> make for bulk of review anyways. So perhaps in v2 I don't do the git mv. OK ?

That means I will review and comment existing code. It is not a problem for me
if you agree to do the changes.

-- Daniel