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Date:	Thu, 06 Dec 2007 16:22:05 -0800
From:	Jeremy Fitzhardinge <jeremy@...p.org>
To:	Adrian Bunk <bunk@...nel.org>
CC:	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	Alan Cox <alan@...rguk.ukuu.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Avoid overflows in kernel/time.c

Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 04:19:51PM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>   
>> When the conversion factor between jiffies and milli- or microseconds
>> is not a single multiply or divide, as for the case of HZ == 300, we
>> currently do a multiply followed by a divide.  The intervening
>> result, however, is subject to overflows, especially since the
>> fraction is not simplified (for HZ == 300, we multiply by 300 and
>> divide by 1000).
>> ...
>>  kernel/Makefile     |    8 +++
>>  kernel/time.c       |   29 +++++++++---
>>  kernel/timeconst.bc |  123 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>  3 files changed, 152 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)
>>  create mode 100644 kernel/timeconst.bc
>> ...
>>     
>
> I have read the hep text, but are the advantages of HZ == 300 really 
> visible or was this more theoretical?
>
> In the latter case, we might remove the HZ == 300 choice instead.
>   

300 is useful for video applications, since its a multiple of both 50
and 60Hz.  Tickless may make this less relevent though.

    J
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