[Ovmsdev] Time spent in ticker event handlers / new use for housekeeping task

Mark Webb-Johnson mark at webb-johnson.net
Thu Mar 29 08:39:12 HKT 2018


Yes, this is nasty and really not the correct way of doing things. The housekeeping task is wasted, and moving the ticker signals into that would make much more sense.

I’ll handle this. Shouldn’t take me long, and I can commit in the next hour or so.

Regards, Mark.

> On 29 Mar 2018, at 2:50 AM, Michael Balzer <dexter at expeedo.de> wrote:
> A question to the FreeRTOS gurus:
> How much time may we spend in a ticker event handler, or generally a software timer callback, without risking system stability?
> The FreeRTOS manual explicitly warns about using any kind of blocking calls within the timer service task, as all software timer callbacks are executed in that context:
> https://freertos.org/RTOS-software-timer.html <https://freertos.org/RTOS-software-timer.html>
> "Timer callback functions execute in the context of the timer service task. It is therefore essential that timer callback functions never attempt to block. For example, a timer callback function must not call vTaskDelay(), vTaskDelayUntil(), or specify a non zero block time when accessing a queue or a semaphore."
> The timer service queue currently has 10 slots. That's tunable, but I'm also worried about other system components possibly relying on regular timer periods of higher frequency.
> My specific issue: I'm producing the notifications from my  ticker1 handler. I now found out a simple standard info notification needs already around 10 ms, and my battery status update (15 data messages) needs 60-70 ms. I thought these would run faster, not sure where the time is spent. I'm using the command notifications, nice to use but with quite some overhead of course.
> So if for example the wifi or bluetooth stack needs a 50 ms timer, that may already be a problem. But do system components use software timers for time critical tasks?
> The solution would be moving the notification generator to a separate task. A new task would need RAM, but there's also the housekeeping task, which could generally be made available for such needs. It's basically idle after the init process and already has a large stack. I think about adding a callback execution queue to it, so my ticker handler would simply queue the notification generator call there.
> Thanks,
> Michael
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