Re: [PATCH] - sched_clock() broken for ia64 SN platform

From: John Hawkes <hawkes_at_sgi.com>
Date: 2003-11-20 15:09:15
From: "David Mosberger" <davidm@napali.hpl.hp.com>> >>>>> On Wed, 19 Nov 2003
16:56:23 -0800 (PST), John Hawkes <hawkes@babylon.engr.sgi.com> said:
>
>   John> We might instead want to implement a more general scheme,
>   John> along the lines of what is done by (struct time_interpolator),
>   John> to provide a framework to solve this for other architectures
>   John> that have "drifty" non-default timebases.
>
> My sense is that with a bit of thinking, it would be possible to come
> up with a solution that allows even drifty platforms to use ITC for
> sched_clock()---it serves very a specific purpose in the scheduler and
> scalability is key and perfect accuracy is not (unlike for
> gettimeofday).  I don't think anything that goes out to read a single
> (shared) platform counter will be sufficiently scalable to the number
> of CPUs you guys are talking about.  But yes, it would be much more
> effort than just adding Yet Another Callback.  The rewards would be
> bigger, though, too...

In 2.4 the scheduler used "jiffies" directly as a timestamp for this purpose.
Then for some reason someone decided to abstract that into sched_clock(), to
let every architecture decide how to implement it.  The alpha architecture
implements sched_clock() with jiffies.  The i386 uses the TSC (which might not
be synchronized for all platforms?).  The ia64 uses the ITC.

I'd like to hear an argument about why sched_clock() needs sub-microsecond
accuracy, instead of just using jiffies, when one use of sched_clock() is to
compare a delta time against cache_decay_ticks, which is a
"jiffies"-granularity value, and the other use is to determine the relative
computebound-vs-interactive characteristics of the process.

John Hawkes

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