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Re: [PATCH v2 2/3] x86/time: adjust time recording time_calibration_tsc_rendezvous()

On 05.02.2021 17:15, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 01, 2021 at 01:43:04PM +0100, Jan Beulich wrote:
>> The (stime,tsc) tuple is the basis for extrapolation by get_s_time().
>> Therefore the two better get taken as close to one another as possible.
>> This means two things: First, reading platform time is too early when
>> done on the first iteration. The closest we can get is on the last
>> iteration, immediately before telling other CPUs to write their TSCs
>> (and then also writing CPU0's). While at the first glance it may seem
>> not overly relevant when exactly platform time is read (when assuming
>> that only stime is ever relevant anywhere, and hence the association
>> with the precise TSC values is of lower interest), both CPU frequency
>> changes and the effects of SMT make it unpredictable (between individual
>> rendezvous instances) how long the loop iterations will take. This will
>> in turn lead to higher an error than neccesary in how close to linear
>> stime movement we can get.
>> Second, re-reading the TSC for local recording is increasing the overall
>> error as well, when we already know a more precise value - the one just
>> written.
>> Signed-off-by: Jan Beulich <jbeulich@xxxxxxxx>
> Acked-by: Roger Pau Monné <roger.pau@xxxxxxxxxx>


> I've been thinking this all seems doomed when Xen runs in a virtualized
> environment, and should likely be disabled. There's no point on trying
> to sync the TSC over multiple vCPUs as the scheduling delay between
> them will likely skew any calculations.

We may want to consider to force the equivalent of
"clocksource=tsc" in that case. Otoh a well behaved hypervisor
underneath shouldn't lead to us finding a need to clear
TSC_RELIABLE, at which point this logic wouldn't get engaged
in the first place.




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