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Date:	Fri, 11 May 2012 19:34:12 +0000
From:	"Keller, Jacob E" <jacob.e.keller@...el.com>
To:	Richard Cochran <richardcochran@...il.com>
CC:	"Kirsher, Jeffrey T" <jeffrey.t.kirsher@...el.com>,
	"davem@...emloft.net" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	"netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	"gospo@...hat.com" <gospo@...hat.com>,
	"sassmann@...hat.com" <sassmann@...hat.com>
Subject: RE: [net-next 06/12] ixgbe: Hardware Timestamping + PTP Hardware
 Clock (PHC)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Cochran [mailto:richardcochran@...il.com]
> Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:15 PM
> To: Keller, Jacob E
> Cc: Kirsher, Jeffrey T; davem@...emloft.net; netdev@...r.kernel.org;
> gospo@...hat.com; sassmann@...hat.com
> Subject: Re: [net-next 06/12] ixgbe: Hardware Timestamping + PTP Hardware
> Clock (PHC)
> 
> On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 09:53:18PM +0000, Keller, Jacob E wrote:
> > > > +	/*
> > > > +	 * If this bit is set, then the RX registers contain the time
> stamp. No
> > > > +	 * other packet will be time stamped until we read these
> registers, so
> > > > +	 * read the registers to make them available again. Because only
> one
> > > > +	 * packet can be time stamped at a time, we know that the
> register
> > > > +	 * values must belong to this one here and therefore we don't
> need to
> > > > +	 * compare any of the additional attributes stored for it.
> > >
> > > I suspect that this assumption is wrong. What happens if the time
> > > stamping logic locks a value but the packet is lost because the ring is
> full?
> > >
> > > BTW, the IGB driver also has this defect.
> > >
> >
> > Note how I read the rx registers first? So it will always clear the value.
> > That should unlock the value for the next rx stamp packet.
> 
> 1. Hw recognizes ptp event packet, locks time stamp 2. Hw drops packet because
> queue is full 3. No more time stamps are ever generated
> 
> Can this happen? The docs seems to say it can.
> 
> Richard

Sorry for the spam here, but I looked at the ixgbe code, and found a solution. When ptp4l discovers a missing rx timestamp, it faults and then waits for 15 seconds until the fault is cleared. After this, it reopens the socket, and reruns the hwtstamp ioctl. This function actually does clear the tx/rx timestamps (just in case) So after a fault the values should end up being reset. Is this good enough?

- Jake
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