Low BogoMips

Jeff Angielski jeff at theptrgroup.com
Wed Oct 28 04:03:09 EST 2009

Luigi 'Comio' Mantellini wrote:
> Hi All,
> my name is Luigi. I'm working on a stripped-down mpc8541 board (that has just 
> a serian and twe enets).
> I have an issue on delay calibration. In fact my at boot time I see the 
> following on the serial console:
> ....
> Calibrating delay loop... 83.20 BogoMIPS (lpj=166400)
> ....
> This value seems to be too low and I suspect an error propagated from u-boot.
> Can anyone help me to understand a good way to investigate this problem? which 
> registers or configuration values I need to check?
> I will post the necessary snips of code or configuration if required.
> Thanks a lot for your help,

On the PowerPC, the BogoMIPS is not an estimate of the performance of 
the CPU, but rather related to the internal timebase register frequency.

"With recent kernels, when build with ARCH=powerpc, we now use the
hardware timebase instead of bogus processor loops for short timings.
Thus our bogomips value is no longer the speed at which the processor
runs empty loops, but the actual processor timebase value as obtained
after calibration at boot. " - Benjamin Herrenschmidt

Google(powerpc, bogomips, timebase)=happiness

Jeff Angielski
The PTR Group

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