[PATCH v6 0/8] ptp: IEEE 1588 hardware clock support

Alan Cox alan at lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk
Sat Sep 25 00:57:13 EST 2010

> > Instead, I think having the id hanging off the class driver is much
> > better, as it allows mapping the actual hardware to the id more clearly.
> > 
> > So I'd drop the "timesource" listing. And maybe change "id" to
> > "clock_id" so its a little more clear what the id is for.
> Okay, I will drop /sys/class/timesource (hope Alan Cox agrees :)

It makes sense to hang anything off the physical id

> I threw it out there mostly for the sake of discussion. I imagined
> that there could be other properties in that directory, like time
> scale (TAI, UTC, etc). But it seems like we don't really need anything
> in that direction.

They can still hang off the physical device. Thats really a detail

> > interrupts are awfully frequent, so systems concerned with power-saving
> > and deep idles probably would like something that could be done at a
> > more coarse interval.
> We could always make the pulse rate programmable, for power-saving
> applications.

I would expect the kernel drivers to be responsible for
- Turning off when they can
- Picking rates that are power optimal for the requirement

The latter is a bit interesting as I don't see anything in any of the
timer APIs to express accuracy (a problem we have in kernel too).
Historically it simply hasn't mattered.

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