[ntp:questions] Re: linux system clock egregiously slow!

Hal Murray hmurray at suespammers.org
Wed Jan 21 20:14:00 UTC 2004

>0.  turn off interrupts
>1.  make sure the MIPS real-time clock is running
>2.  store the 32-bit number "270,000,000" (ten seconds) into countdown
>    timer #5 
>3.  store zero into the program cycle counter
>4.  loop while timer #5 > 270,000,000 minus 2,700,000 (.1 seconds)
>5.  read back the program cycle counter: that is the number of cycles
>    in .1 seconds
>mips_counter_frequency = (number of cycles in .1 seconds) * 10

That looks like a resonable recipe to me, but that doesn't mean
it works as expected.  What rate is timer #5 running at?  Is there
some roundoff in setting it up?

Print out the value and see if it makes sense.

There have been round off errors when HZ was a strange value.
I forget the details.

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