cvs commit: src/sys/sparc64/sparc64 machdep.c

Ken Smith kensmith at cse.Buffalo.EDU
Thu Sep 30 12:24:46 PDT 2004

On Thu, Sep 30, 2004 at 09:09:27PM +0200, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> In message <200409301438.i8UEcx89022771 at>, Ken Smith writes:
> >kensmith    2004-09-30 14:38:59 UTC
> >
> >  FreeBSD src repository
> >
> >  Modified files:
> >    sys/sparc64/sparc64  machdep.c 
> >  Log:
> >  This along with v1.6 of counter.c fixes some timecounter issues on
> >  MP machines (hopefully).  CPU timers are OK on UP machines but we
> >  don't keep the timers in sync on MP machines so if the CPU's timer
> >  is chosen as the primary timecounter it's possible for time to
> >  not be monotonically increasing because different CPU's counters
> >  may be used at different times.  But the CPU's counters are otherwise
> >  one of the higher quality counters available.  So, on UP machines
> >  we'll use a relatively high quality value but on MP machines we'll
> >  use a quality that should prevent the CPU's counters from being chosen.
> The 'microsecond clock' is present in all suns so we don't leave any
> machines without timecounters, right ?

Funny you should ask.  Testing the first version of this patch was how
we found the bug in counter.c - the machine I booted the test kernel
with happened to decide the counter-timer wasn't suitable either due
to the bug and it came up with no timecounters.  You should see what
happens to a machine that's not keeping time.  :-)

Marius has device maps for virtually all known Sparc hardware and
he said all of the MP machines do have the counter-timer available
in them.  Only the IIi and IIe processor based systems don't and
they're only UP machines.

We are drastically low on timecounter-capable devices on sparc64
though, it seems the counter-timer and the CPU are about all there

If this makes you nervous and if you have any suggestions I'm all

						Ken Smith
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