Re: [PATCH] x86: Export tsc related information in sysfs

From: H. Peter Anvin
Date: Tue May 18 2010 - 13:08:08 EST

On 05/18/2010 09:52 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-05-18 at 09:40 -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> The problem is that you throw the baby (vsyscall) out with the bathwater
>> (user rdtsc).
> Well, we could only flip the CR4 bit when we mark the TSC unsuitable for
> gtod. That should be plenty good to tag all userspace trying to use it,
> since more than half my machines don't use TSC for clocksource.

This might be an option, although it would have to be an *option*.
There are restricted uses of the TSC in userspace which are still useful
(mainly involving performance analysis and/or CPU-locked processes).


H. Peter Anvin, Intel Open Source Technology Center
I work for Intel. I don't speak on their behalf.

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