Re: AMD X2 unsynced TSC fix?
From: Andi Kleen
Date: Sat Oct 28 2006 - 14:38:18 EST
On Friday 27 October 2006 22:28, Willy Tarreau wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 27, 2006 at 11:28:00PM -0400, Lee Revell wrote:
> > On Fri, 2006-10-27 at 18:04 -0700, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > > I don't think it makes too much sense to hack on pure RDTSC when
> > > gtod is fast enough -- RDTSC will be always icky and hard to use.
> > I agree FWIW, our application would be happy to just use gtod if it
> > wasn't so slow on these machines.
> Agreed, I had to turn about 20 dual-core servers to single core because
> the only way to get a monotonic gtod made it so slow that it was not
> worth using a dual-core.
Curious - what workload was that?
While gtod is time critical and often appears high on profile lists it is
normally not as time critical as you're claiming it is; especially not
time critical enough to warrant such radical action.
> I initially considered buying one dual-core
> AMD for my own use, but after seeing this, I'm definitely sure I won't
> ever buy one as long as this problem is not fixed, as it causes too
> many problems.
It's somewhat slower, but I'm not sure what "too many problems" you're
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