Re: Voyager subarchitecture for 2.5.46

From: john stultz (
Date: Mon Nov 11 2002 - 15:40:49 EST

On Sun, 2002-11-10 at 11:46, Vojtech Pavlik wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 10, 2002 at 10:59:55AM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > On Sun, 10 Nov 2002, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > Unfortunately, this means "bye bye vsyscalls for gettimeofday".
> >
> > Not necessarily. All of the fastpatch and the checking can be done by the
> > vsyscall, and if the vsyscall notices that there is a backwards jump in
> > time it just gives up and does a real system call. The vsyscall does need
> > to figure out the CPU it's running on somehow, but that should be solvable
> > - indexing through the thread ID or something.
> I'm planning to store the CPU number in the highest bits of the TSC ...

I could be wrong, but we had considered this earlier, and found that
there isn't a way to set the high bits of the TSC, you can only clear

> > The system call overhead tends to scale up very well with CPU speed (the
> > one esception being the P4 which just has some internal problems with "int
> > 0x80" and slowed down compared to a PIII).
> >
> > So I would just suggest not spending a lot of effort on it, considering
> > the problems it already has.
> Agreed. The only problem left I see is the need to have an interrupt of
> every CPU from time to time to update the per-cpu time values, and to
> synchronize those to the 'global timer interrupt' somehow.

Yes, this would be needed for per-cpu tsc.


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