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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] timekeeping: Introduce fast accessor to clock tai
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On Sat, Apr 09 2022 at 10:12, Kurt Kanzenbach wrote:
> Introduce fast/NMI safe accessor to clock tai for tracing. The Linux kernel
> tracing infrastructure has support for using different clocks to generate
> timestamps for trace events. Especially in TSN networks it's useful to have TAI
> as trace clock, because the application scheduling is done in accordance to the
> network time, which is based on TAI. With a tai trace_clock in place, it becomes
> very convenient to correlate network activity with Linux kernel application
> traces.
>
> Use the same implementation as ktime_get_boot_fast_ns() does by reading the
> monotonic time and adding the TAI offset. The same limitations as for the fast
> boot implementation apply. The TAI offset may change at run time e.g., by
> setting the time or using adjtimex() with an offset. However, these kind of
> offset changes are rare events. Nevertheless, the user has to be aware and deal
> with it in post processing.
>
> An alternative approach would be to use the same implementation as
> ktime_get_real_fast_ns() does. However, this requires to add an additional u64
> member to the tk_read_base struct. This struct together with a seqcount is
> designed to fit into a single cache line on 64 bit architectures. Adding a new
> member would violate this constraint.
>
> Signed-off-by: Kurt Kanzenbach <kurt@linutronix.de>

Nice changelog!

Reviewed-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>

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