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Re: [Qemu-ppc] [PATCH 1.7 v2 2/2] PPC: BookE: Make FIT/WDT timers at bes

From: Alexander Graf
Subject: Re: [Qemu-ppc] [PATCH 1.7 v2 2/2] PPC: BookE: Make FIT/WDT timers at best millisecond grained
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:08:41 +0100

On 02.12.2013, at 17:50, Tom Musta <address@hidden> wrote:

> On 11/25/2013 3:46 PM, Alexander Graf wrote:
>> The default granularity for the FIT timer on 440 is on every 0x1000th
>> transition of TB from 0 to 1. Translated that means 48828 times a second.
>> Since interrupts are quite expensive for 440 and we don't really care
>> about the accuracy of the FIT to that significance, let's force FIT and
>> WDT to at best millisecond granularity.
>> This basically restores behavior as it was in QEMU 1.6, where timers
>> could only deal with millisecond granularities at all.
>> This patch greatly improves performance with the 440 target and restores
>> roughly the same performance level that QEMU 1.6 had for me.
> @Reviewed-by: Tom Musta <address@hidden>
> Alexander:
> Is the problem the default?  If so, would it be better to change the default?
> (for example, set the default TCR_FP for the 440 to 0b10).  Of course, if your
> software is setting this back to 0b00, you will still have a problem.

Well, we set the TCR_FP value to what hardware defines it to be in on reset :).

> The downside to your approach is that it eliminates the possibility for fine
> grained timer interrupts for all Book E implementations and all kernels and/or
> hypervisors.  I am not aware of any such system so my comment is purely
> theoretical.

True. But then again you'll be too slow with all that TCG jumping in to really 
handle these find grained timing events.


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