clock drift on PPC601

Gabriel Paubert paubert at
Fri Jun 22 22:18:08 EST 2001

On Thu, 21 Jun 2001, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:

> >
> >OTOH, I have a problem with my MVME2400/2600. Sometimes the calibrated
> >frequency is wrong by ~400ppm (about 1.5s/hour), most of the time it's
> >correct however. I can't understand how I get 400 microseconds off out of
> >a 1 second calibration period with interrupts masked. The value given by
> >the firmware never varies that much.
> >
> >I suspect that reading the CUDA RTC takes time. So using it for
> >calibration would not be very precise, no ?
> That's definitely an issue. We used to have some code based on the
> VIAs in the mac-io chip. This should be more precise and I beleive
> the VIA timer frequency is constant on all macs.

It is still this way on the Macs, although we cold use a longer interval
to improve precision (it's done once at boot) or take the firmware value.
On the MVME boards I have however, the precision/stability of the legacy
ISA timer looks like a joke, and only solution is to use the RTC. I'm
still trying to figure out if the variations I see are a bug or if the RTC
has hmm... a flexible definition of the second :-)


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