[RFC] generic MIPS RTC driver

Jun Sun jsun at mvista.com
Wed Nov 14 04:58:45 EST 2001

Richard Zidlicky wrote:

> Btw the interrupt need not to be hardware, for the Q40 I test
> a rtc register once per jiffie and generate a "soft interrupt".
> It could be done generic at least for m68k.

I have written an experiemntal ptimer driver to do just this and potential
more.  Such a device is useful for real-time programming (e.g., when you try
to implement a periodic user task).

See http://linux.junsun.net/realtime-linux/preemption-test

The driver is architecture independent (i.e., linux-common code)

Due to the different programming needs behind periodic timers (or user-level
timer) and RTC operations, my vote for future work is to leave them as two
separate drivers.  To me, RTC is really just to read/write RTC clock.


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