Periodic timing varies across boots

Jan Kiszka jan.kiszka at
Mon Feb 25 09:09:06 CET 2019

On 24.02.19 07:57, C Smith via Xenomai wrote:
> I am using Xenomai 2.6.5, x86 32bit SMP kernel 3.18.20, Intel Core
> i5-4460,  and I have found a periodic timing problem on one particular type
> of motherboard.
> I have a Xenomai RT periodic task which outputs a pulse to the PC parallel
> port, and this pulse is measured on a frequency counter. This has been
> working fine for years on several motherboards. I am able to adjust the
> period of my task to within +/-10nsec, according to the frequency counter.
> I can calibrate the periodic timing down to a period +/-10nsec on this
> motherboard, and I cna restart my xenomai process many times and the timing
> is fine. But if I cold-reboot the machine the measured period is wrong by
> up to  +/-300nsec. Thus I cannot get consistent periodic timing from day to
> day without recalibrating, which is unacceptable in my application.
> In my kernel config, I am using the TSC: CONFIG_X86_TSC=y
> I use rt_timer_read() to determine what time it is, and my periodic task
> sleeps in a while loop, like this:
>        next += period_ns + adjust_ns;
>        rt_task_sleep_until(next);
> I don't know what to test. Can you suggest anything?

Can you reproduce the issue with a supported Xenomai and kernel version?


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