Re: TSC to Mono-raw Drift

From: John Stultz
Date: Fri Oct 19 2018 - 14:49:01 EST

On Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 11:37 AM, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, 19 Oct 2018, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018, Christopher Hall wrote:
>> > TSC kHz used to calculate mult/shift value: 3312000
>> Now the most interesting information here would be the resulting mult/shift
>> value which the kernel uses. Can you please provide that?
> But aside of the actual values it's pretty obvious why this happens. It's a
> simple rounding error. Minimal, but still. To avoid rounding errors you'd
> have to find mult and shift values which exactly result in:
> (freq * mult) >> shift = 1e9
> which is impossible for freq = 3312 * 1e6.


> A possible fix for this is, because the error is in the low PPB range, to
> adjust the error once per second or in some other sensible regular
> interval.

Ehh.. I mean, this is basically what all the complicated ntp_error
logic does for the long-term accuracy compensation. Part of the
allure of the raw clock is that there is no changes made over time.
Its a very simple constant calculation.

We could try to do something like pre-seed the ntpinterval value so
the default ntp_tick value corrects for this, but that's only going to
effect the monotonic/realtime clock until ntpd or anyone else sets a
different interval rate.

So I'm not particularly eager in trying to do the type of small
frequency oscillation we do for monotonic/realtime for long-term
accuracy to the raw clock as that feels a bit antithetical to the
point of the raw clock.

I guess I'd want to understand more of the use here and the need to
tie the raw clock back to the hardware counter it abstracts.