Re: better msleep for drivers

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Wed May 21 2008 - 15:00:31 EST


>>>> Still longer term I suppose there's really no way around having accurate
>>>> sleep functions and it's probably better to start testing earlier than later.
>>> No objections, but we should not do that with a stupid msleep
>>> replacement interface; instead we should expose a flexible in kernel
>>> variant of hrtimer_nanosleep() which lets the user utilize
>>> ABS/REL_TIME and the different clocks. A msleep helper can be built on
>>> top of this very easily.
>> While you are at it... it would be cool to have
>> 'mdelay(2500 msec), but it is okay to wait 100msec more' -- type
>> interface, so we could use that for nohz benefit.
>> Currently, mdelay is 'it is okay to wait 10msec more' interface, and
>> it would be nice to have that explicit.
> eh, I think you transposed mdelay with msleep?
> msleep() is the "it is okay to wait longer than I said" interface, not
> mdelay(). mdelay() has always been non-sleeping and exact (as much as the
> delay loop allows)

Okay, I was a bit confused.

Actually, both can delay for longer... msleep() in case of scheduling
load, mdelay() in case of interrupt load...

But the above was about hrtimer_nano*sleep*(), so that "how much
latency we can tolarate" parameter would still be good.

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