Minimum timing resolution in Ubuntu/Linaro on the PandaBoard ES

Ming Lei tom.leiming at
Fri Feb 10 00:56:31 UTC 2012


On Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 1:21 PM, Dmitry Antipov
<dmitry.antipov at> wrote:
> On 02/07/2012 02:43 PM, Andrew Richardson wrote:
>> I'm experiencing what appears to be a minimum clock resolution issue
>> in using clock_gettime() on a PandaBoard ES running ubuntu.
> Do you have CONFIG_OMAP_32K_TIMER enabled in your kernel?
> Look at 'dmesg | grep clock' and check for the following:
> ...
> OMAP clockevent source: GPTIMER1 at 32768 Hz
> sched_clock: 32 bits at 32kHz, resolution 30517ns, wraps every 131071999ms
> ...
> Most probably this is the answer - by default, recent OMAPs are configured
> to use less-accurate, but more energy-saving timer (32KHz) in favor of
> MPU timer.

Sorry, I have a question about the two kind of timers. No matter
CONFIG_OMAP_32K_TIMER is defined or not, 'twd' interrupt count
is always increased in '/proc/interrupts', and 'gp timer' interrupt count
keeps unchanged, so looks MPU timer is still enabled even
CONFIG_OMAP_32K_TIMER is disabled, isn't it?

After some investigation, I found the change[1] can remove local
timer of 'twd', and tick will be driven by 'gp timer' interrupt, but I am
not sure if it is the right thing to do.

> Disable CONFIG_OMAP_32K_TIMER to switch to MPU timer, and check
> 'dmesg | grep clock' to see:
> ...
> OMAP clockevent source: GPTIMER1 at 38400000 Hz
> OMAP clocksource: GPTIMER2 at 38400000 Hz
> sched_clock: 32 bits at 38MHz, resolution 26ns, wraps every 111848ms
> ...
> BTW, I have no ideas why clock_getres(CLOCK_REALTIME,...) returns {0, 1}
> regardless of underlying clock source. I expect {0, 30517} for 32K timer
> and {0, 26} for MPU timer.

[1], 'not select LOCAL_TIMERS for OMAP4 SMP'
diff --git a/arch/arm/mach-omap2/Kconfig b/arch/arm/mach-omap2/Kconfig
index d965da4..0036218 100644
--- a/arch/arm/mach-omap2/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/arm/mach-omap2/Kconfig
@@ -46,7 +46,7 @@ config ARCH_OMAP4
        select CPU_V7
        select ARM_GIC
        select HAVE_SMP
-       select LOCAL_TIMERS if SMP
+       #select LOCAL_TIMERS if SMP
        select PL310_ERRATA_588369
        select PL310_ERRATA_727915
        select ARM_ERRATA_720789

Ming Lei

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