[ntp:questions] Clock skew changes drastically between reboots

Spoon devnull at localhost.com
Tue Apr 3 16:17:12 UTC 2007

Spoon wrote:

> Spoon wrote:
>> Hans Jørgen Jakobsen wrote:
>>> Dmitry Ivanov wrote:
>>>> Spoon wrote:
>>>>> I've noticed something I find very strange on the systems I have to
>>>>> work with. Every time I reboot the computer, the clock skew of the
>>>>> local clock changes, sometimes by what seems to be a huge amount.
>>>>> For example, I boot the computer, let ntpd run for 12 hours, and the
>>>>> value recorded in the drift file is 35 ppm. I reboot the computer, let
>>>>> ntpd run for 12 hours, and I get 5 ppm...
>>>> I see the same behaviour on many systems. Looks like common problem.
>>> Could it be that some systems at reboot try to calibrate the clock
>>> (whatever that might be) relative to the TOD chip?
>>> On some systems the TOD chip has the lowest frequency offset
>>> and this would on systems not runing NTP lead to a system drifting less.
>>> But it's poison for the value in the driftfile.
>> # dmesg | grep -i calib
>> Calibrating delay using timer specific routine..
>>   2535.15 BogoMIPS (lpj=12675781)
>> Are you referring to this calibration?
>> I'll check the source code to find where this message comes from.
> It's coming from init/calibrate.c
> /* This routine uses the read_current_timer() routine and gets the
>  * loops per jiffy directly, instead of guessing it using delay().
>  * Also, this code tries to handle non-maskable asynchronous events
>  * (like SMIs)
>  */
> http://lxr.linux.no/source/init/calibrate.c
> I see it's possible to skip the calibration code by providing a boot 
> time parameter. I'll test this and report back here.

Skipping the calibration did not fix the problem.

However, it seems to have an impact.

Sigh... I've run out of ideas.

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