Re: [RFC][PATCH] linux-2.5.64_monotonic-clock_A1
george anzinger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue, 11 Mar 2003 14:39:56 -0800
john stultz wrote:
> On Tue, 2003-03-11 at 13:47, george anzinger wrote:
>>Some comments below on the scaling.
> Thanks, I'll try to digest your comments and get back to you.
>>On a related note, I would like to extend the CLOCK_MONOTONIC code to
>>the same res as CLOCK_REALTIME in the POSIX clocks and timers patch.
>>The patch uses jiffies_64 for CLOCK_MONOTONIC, so what I would like to
>>do is use get_offset() to fill in the sub_jiffies part. Is this
>>function available (i.e. timer->get_offset()) on all archs?
> Nope, the timer_opts structure is i386 only. Further, the need for the
> monotonic_clock() interface is because timer->get_offset() only returns
> 32bits of information, which on a 2Ghz cpu is only ~2 seconds worth of
> time. We need multiple minutes worth of time to be returned, thus the 64
> bit return of monotonic_clock.
> I considered making get_offset() return a 64bit value, but worried that
> the cost of the 64bit math would hurt gettimeofday too much to be worth
> it. So rather then complicate a heavily used function to handle a very
> rare case, we decided to implement a new interface that doesn't need to
> be as fast as gettimeofday, but can handle long periods of time w/o
>>It seems to me that the lost jiffies should be rolled into
>>get_offset(). Have you considered doing this?
> I'm not sure I'm following this? get_offset returns the amount of time
> since mark_offset() was called(last interrupt). The lost-jiffies
> compensation code I added uses get_offset() to detect how many jiffies
> should have passed. How do you suggest rolling it into get_offset?
I must have confused you. I am woking on a get time of day sort of
thing. In time.c, the gettimeofday code calls get_offset() and then
adds in lost ticks (ticks clocked by the PIT interrupt but not yet
rolled into the wall clock (xtime). I was thinking that get_offset
might be defined to add this its result.
But, back to the problem I am trying to solve. The posixtimers code
is in the common kernel and needs the result returned by get_offset
OR, we could define a new function, get_monotonictimeofday(), which
returns the jiffies since boot + get_offset() + pending ticks (i.e. it
would be the same as gettimeofday except it would use jiffies_64
instead of xtime to get its result. The format would be a timespec,
i.e. the same as xtime.
This translates directly into a system call and is also used in the
timers code to convert from wall clock time to jiffies time for timers.
Either way, we have a bit of a mess due to the arch dependency. I
don't really care which way it goes, but I do think it should be
resolved in 2.5.
George Anzinger email@example.com
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