[Intel-gfx] TIMESTAMP register

Ben Widawsky ben at bwidawsk.net
Wed Apr 18 01:27:45 CEST 2012

On Tue, 17 Apr 2012 23:04:18 +0200
Daniel Vetter <daniel at ffwll.ch> wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 08:34:11PM +0000, Lawrynowicz, Jacek wrote:
> > ARB_timer_query allows client read TIMESTAMP both asynchronously and synchronously.
> > The former can be implemented as you said but the latter requires support from the KMD.
> > This must be a simple MMIO read as this is the only way to report "current" GPU time.
> > Implementing synchronous TIMESTAMP query using pipe control would render the third example from ARB_timer_query spec useless.
> Ok, I've looked like a dofus again, but now I've read the spec and we
> indeed seem to need a synchronous readout of the TIMESTAMP register. I
> guess a new register will do, together with some fixed-point integer that
> tells userspace how to convert it to nanoseconds.
> -Daniel

I've not read the spec, but synchronous and "current" doesn't mean the
exact same thing to me. I assume the spec doesn't allow getting the
value in a batch and then just waiting for rendering to complete?

If we go with the register read approach, I vote sysfs.

More information about the Intel-gfx mailing list