Re: [PATCH 0/3] Improve TSC as a clocksource under VMware

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Tue Oct 21 2008 - 05:43:41 EST

Alok Kataria <akataria@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> This patch set makes some changes to the TSC code, so that it is always
> used as the default clocksource when running under VMware.

Does this imply that vmware always emulates TSC reads?
Or how do you guarantee reliable TSC on a system where the underlying
TSC isn't?

It would be far nicer if VMware just emulated the "constant_tsc" bit
in the AMD CPUID leaf, instead of adding all that gunk to Linux.
Right now it's only checked for AMD CPUs, but that could be changed.

Otherwise with more and more hypervisors we mind end up with more
and more unscalable detection code.


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