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    Default Suse11.1 high cpu clock speed/freq - with kernel / C++ code

    Not sure which one would be right section to put this thread on.

    I installed Suse 11.1 and slightly modified the original kernel to obtain required CPU clock ticks

    * Un-check the Tickless option
    * Timer Frequency - 1000Hz
    * preempt kernel


    Below is the piece of code, which actually shows Frequency and clock ticks. it suppose to print a statement to konsole every 1000Hz

    Code:
    #include <signal.h>
    #include <sys/time.h>
    #include <iostream>
    #include <cstdlib>
    
    
    using namespace std;
    
    long long int counter = 0;
    struct timeval last_time;
    struct timeval curr_time;
    double dif = 0.0;
    double freq_sum = 0.0;
    double reps = 0.0;
    double freq_min = 99999.0;
    double freq_max = 0.0;
    long long int num_too_low = 0;
    
    void time_check(int data)
    {
        // work out the frequecy of the SIGALRMs
        ++counter;
        if (counter >= 1000)
        {
    
            // need to work out time since last 1000 ticks
    	gettimeofday(&curr_time, NULL);
    	dif = ((curr_time.tv_usec + curr_time.tv_sec * 1000000)
    		- (last_time.tv_usec + last_time.tv_sec * 1000000));
            double freq = (counter / dif)  * 1000000;
    
            freq_sum = ((freq_sum * reps) + freq) / (reps + 1) ;
    
            ++reps;
    //         if (freq < 800)
                    cout << "Frequency = " << freq << " reps= " << dif / 1000000 << endl;
            if (freq_min > freq) freq_min = freq;
            if (freq_max < freq) freq_max = freq;
            if (freq < 950) 
                ++num_too_low;
            last_time = curr_time;
            counter = 0;
        }
    }
    
    
    int main (int argc, char * argv[])
    {
        cout << "go" /* << "\a \a \a" */ << endl;
    	
        int res;
        gettimeofday(&last_time, NULL);
        struct sigaction action;
    
        struct itimerval timer_value;
    
        timer_value.it_value.tv_sec = 0;
        timer_value.it_value.tv_usec = 1;
        timer_value.it_interval.tv_sec = 0;
        timer_value.it_interval.tv_usec = 1;
    
        action.sa_handler = time_check;
        action.sa_flags = SA_NOMASK;
        sigemptyset(&action.sa_mask);
    
        sigaction( SIGALRM, &action, NULL);
        res = setitimer( ITIMER_REAL, &timer_value, NULL );
        if (res == -1)
            cout << "error in setitimer" << endl;
    
        cout << "Starting CPU Test program" << endl;
        // loop for a long time
    
        while (reps < 3000.0)
        {
            sleep(1);
        }
        cout << "average CPU frequency = " << freq_sum << endl;
        cout << "reps = " << reps << endl;
        cout << "Min = " << freq_min << "  Max = " << freq_max << endl;
        cout << "number of low = " << num_too_low << endl;
        return 0;
    }
    My observations on Suse
    Code:
    SUSE Version    AVG. Frequency        AVG. REPS
    Suse 9.3  -     999.xxx 990.xxx  reps > 1 (on average)
    Suse 10.2 -     999.xxx 998.xxx  reps (1 - 1.001)
    Suse 10.3 -    1000.xxx 912.xxx  reps (1 - 1.090)
    
    but on 11.1
    
    Suse 11.1       0 to  324263.xxx  reps (-2e-0.6 upto 0.005112)
    I dont know where things are going wrong. It is too wierd output. This issue was initially observerd on 10.3 where this was happend on and off but lack the cpu clock time. but in case of 11.1 its gone right above the graphs.

    On Suse 9.3 it was ok not very good but could be the hardware issue.
    On Suse 10.2 everything was spot on
    On Suse 10.3 a bit slow but not very accurate
    On Suse 11.1 no way near the required values

    Hardware i am using is

    HP Pavilion Slimline s3821uk Desktop PC (NQ808AA) specifications - HP Home & Home Office products


    anyone knows how to fix this in suse 11.1, thanks for help in-advance.

    another option i have tried is to turn off acpi in option when booting.

    i did try this along with clock=tsc | clock=pit

    this apparently seems to high frequency rate but not stable still

    the new observations for suse 11.1 with options acpi=off and clock=tsc | clock=pit are below
    Code:
             AVG. frequency       reps
             976.xxx 999.xxx      1.16xx 1.0002
    does anyone knows anyother option to try to make this as stable as 10.2 results above.

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    Default Re: Suse11.1 high cpu clock speed/freq - with kernel / C++ c

    Over 2 days,.. 79 hits but no one dare to reply,...

    add this point to the list why people avoid linux and prefer windows over it.

    where it gets complicated its beyond the level of expertise avaliable...

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    Default Re: Suse11.1 high cpu clock speed/freq - with kernel / C++ code

    > add this point to the list why people avoid linux and prefer windows
    > over it.


    are you for real? this is a forum of USERS..

    most USERS don't have any interest whatsoever in why, after you
    "slightly modified" the kernel you have questions!!

    go find the kernel hackers who _might_ care, isn't it yet obvious they
    are NOT here..

    so, add this to _your_ list of why people should avoid linux:
    they can't figure out where the kernel hackers are, hint take a look
    at http://www.kernel.org/ to start..

    there you will probably find a mailing list that _might_ entertain
    your question..

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    Default Re: Suse11.1 high cpu clock speed/freq - with kernel / C++ c

    Quote Originally Posted by subhan222 View Post
    Over 2 days,.. 79 hits but no one dare to reply,...

    add this point to the list why people avoid linux and prefer windows over it.

    where it gets complicated its beyond the level of expertise avaliable...
    Please, be reasonable. This is a public forum, and nobody here is obliged to answer your question, especially if they don't know the answer- sure, 79 people have looked, but what makes you think any of them knew the answer? This is going to be quite an esoteric area for a lot of users; though if someone who knew had checked here, they would most likely have answered your question- people on these forums are usually quite helpful with problems that they can actually address. Plus, why bring Windows into it, when it's completely unrelated to your problem?

    Anyway, if you're getting no feedback on these forums, you might want to try some more generalised/populated forums like LinuxQuestions.org , or a forum more oriented around technical issues to do with the kernel, like Kerneltrap's Linux Kernel forum Linux kernel | KernelTrap . Good luck!

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    Default Re: Suse11.1 high cpu clock speed/freq - with kernel / C++ c

    thanks for your replies. very helpfull but can not avoid reality.

    Thanks again!

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