[RFC PATCH v4 08/11] lib: vdso: allow fixed clock mode

Andy Lutomirski luto at kernel.org
Thu Jan 16 12:19:50 PST 2020

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 12:14 PM Thomas Gleixner <tglx at linutronix.de> wrote:
> Christophe Leroy <christophe.leroy at c-s.fr> writes:
> Can you please adjust the prefix for future patches to lib/vdso: and
> start the sentence after the colon with an uppercase letter?
> > On arches like POWERPC, the clock is always the timebase, it
> Please spell out architectures. Changelogs are not space constraint.
> > cannot be changed on the fly and it is always VDSO capable.
> Also this sentence does not make sense as it might suggests that
> architectures with a fixed compile time known clocksource have something
> named timebase. Something like this is more clear:
> Some architectures have a fixed clocksource which is known at compile
> time and cannot be replaced or disabled at runtime, e.g. timebase on
> PowerPC. For such cases the clock mode check in the VDSO code is
> pointless.

I wonder if we should use this on x86 bare-metal if we have
sufficiently invariant TSC.  (Via static_cpu_has(), not compiled in.)
Maybe there is no such x86 machine.

I really really want Intel or AMD to introduce machines where the TSC
pinky-swears to count in actual nanoseconds.


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