Re: [patch] block: fix blktrace timestamps

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On Fri, Jan 11 2008, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> 
> (David, could you try the patch further below - does it fix bkltrace 
> timestamps too?)
> 
> * Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> > On Fri, Jan 11 2008, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > > 
> > > * Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > 
> > > > > they are from the scheduler git tree (except the first debug patch), 
> > > > > but queued up for v2.6.25 at the moment.
> > > > 
> > > > So this means that blktrace will be broken with CONFIG_NO_HZ for 
> > > > 2.6.24? That's clearly a regression.
> > > 
> > > 64-bit CONFIG_NO_HZ is a new feature in v2.6.24. If it happens on 
> > > 32-bit too and it didnt happen in v2.6.23 32-bit then it's a 
> > > regression.
> > 
> > If blktrace worked in 2.6.23 and it doesn't in 2.6.24 because of some 
> > option that isn't immediately apparent, then it's a regression. 
> > Period.
> 
> not completely correct. CONFIG_NO_HZ is a default-disabled option that 
> became newly available on 64-bit x86. So if NO_HZ does not completely 
> work on 64-bit, and if 32-bit works fine - which we dont know yet (my 
> guess would be that it's similarly broken on the same box) then it's not 
> a regression.

Ingo, it doesn't matter if the option is disabled by default or not!
The fact is that functionality foo works in 2.6.23 and doesn't in 2.6.24
because of something unrelated. And that IS a regression, no matter what
kind of word play you are doing here :-)

> But even if it's not "technically" a regression, it's something we want 
> to fix in .24 if we can, so i'm all with you Jens :)

That's good :)

> ktime_get() should have been used instead, which is a proper GTOD 
> clocksource. The patch below implements this.

Will give it a whirl, it looks promising indeed and gets rid of the ugly
cpu sync stuff. What is the cost of ktime_get() compared to
sched_clock()?

-- 
Jens Axboe

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