In message <20071202072658.A9217@xorpc.icir.org>, Luigi Rizzo writes:
>On Sun, Dec 02, 2007 at 03:08:41PM +0000, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:


>> Using a deadline timer based in the HPET, the timeout can be scheduled
>> to any 1/14318181th of a second

>
>This must obviously come for a price or there would be no reason to
>provide 'millisecond' and 'second' precisions that you suggested.
>I agree that the API should not assume that the hardware is based on
>a periodic timer, but in the same way it should not assume that
>the hardware can generate arbitrary timeouts.


If the client code needs this finegrained control, the trick is to
extend the API to be able to provide this information somehow.

But before designing that, we need to have concrete examples
to talk about.

>"periodically with whatever period is convenient to you" is
>a legitimate request that client code might have.
>(I understand that this concept of time is very southern european


I disagree, that case, should be "with a period between N and M,
at your choice".

And yes, it may be that we need to extend the API for that, but
please give a concrete example so we know what we're talking about.

>It wouldn't make sense to do poll-based event handling at the same
>rate on a 133MHz soekris or on a 3 GHz multicore cpu.


Hz is the same for those two, so today we poll at the same rate.

>In any case: in terms of API it costs absolutely nothing to support
>system-dependent resolutions instead of absolute ones, so
>i don't quite understand the opposition.


I'm applying Jim Gettys 3. rule from the X11 project:

3.The only thing worse than generalizing from one example
is generalizing from no examples at all.

Poul-Henning

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