[ntp:questions] micro-optimization

Martin Burnicki martin.burnicki at meinberg.de
Tue Mar 17 14:07:37 UTC 2009

Augustine wrote:
> On Mar 12, 3:59 am, Martin Burnicki <martin.burni... at meinberg.de>
> wrote:
>> Do you have some pointers where this is explained?
> Perhaps, suffice to look at page 252 and 293 of
> where you can find the formula to calculate the latency for RDTSC on
> Phenom processors.  Also page B-5 of
> http://download.intel.com/design/processor/manuals/248966.pdf, where it
> states that the precision of RDTSC on Intel processors is 64 CPU clock
> cycles, and page C-29, where the latency is shown.
> In both documents, several events that may cause the TSC to get out of
> sync with time are also mentioned.  That's why the TSC has been
> abandoned as a time source in recent kernels in favor of the PM timer
> and HPET or even the PIT.

Great! Thanks for the pointer.

Martin Burnicki

Meinberg Funkuhren
Bad Pyrmont

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