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Re: [PATCH -v6 01/13] tracing: convert trace_clock_local() as weak funct

To: Wu Zhangjin <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH -v6 01/13] tracing: convert trace_clock_local() as weak function
From: Frederic Weisbecker <>
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 03:10:12 +0100
Cc:,,, Thomas Gleixner <>, Ralf Baechle <>, Richard Sandiford <>, Nicholas Mc Guire <>, David Daney <>, Adam Nemet <>, Patrik Kluba <>
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On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 11:13:18PM +0800, Wu Zhangjin wrote:
> trace_clock_local() is based on the arch-specific sched_clock(), in X86,
> it is tsc(64bit) based, which can give very high precision(about 1ns
> with 1GHz). but in MIPS, the sched_clock() is jiffies based, which can
> give only 10ms precison with 1000 HZ. which is not enough for tracing,
> especially for Real Time system.
> so, we need to implement a MIPS specific sched_clock() to get higher
> precision. There is a tsc like clock counter register in MIPS, whose
> frequency is half of the processor, so, if the cpu frequency is 800MHz,
> the time precision reaches 2.5ns, which is very good for tracing, even
> for Real Time system.
> but 'Cause it is only 32bit long, which will rollover quickly, so, such
> a sched_clock() will bring with extra load, which is not good for the
> whole system. so, we only need to implement a arch-specific
> trace_clock_local() for tracing. as a preparation, we convert it as a
> weak function.
> The MIPS specific trace_clock_local() is coming in the next two patches.
> Signed-off-by: Wu Zhangjin <>

Yep, if trace_clock_local() had to be a strict alias
to sched_clock(), we would have simply used sched_clock().

If an arch need to implement it another way, then yeah making
it weak is a good thing.

Acked-by: Frederic Weisbecker <>

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