DragonflyBSD kernel clock improvements

M. Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Sat Jan 24 19:45:24 PST 2004

In message: <200401242031.i0OKVD8A037265 at apollo.backplane.com>
            Matthew Dillon <dillon at apollo.backplane.com> writes:
:     No apic timer.  No acpi timer.  No TSC garbage.  none of that.

We've found at work that while the 8254's timer tends to be the best
universally available time keeping device, it is only as good as the
quarts oscillator driving it.  Other time keeping can be more precise.
We've found that systems with APM disabled have a more stable NTP
server when they are running on CPUs with TSC using the TSC
timecounter, but about a factor of 5, mostly due to a reduced jitter
in timestamping the PPS interrupts that we generate.  Of course, we
don't care one whit about SMP support for these systems.

Maybe there are better ways to obtain these results.  While not
directly releated to the nanosleep work, but just another point of


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