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SubjectRe: a faster way to gettimeofday?
Chris Ball wrote:
>
> >>>>> "dean" == dean gaudet <dean-list-linux-kernel@arctic.org> writes:
>
> dean> ingo started the proper work for this, for example, see:
> dean> <http://people.redhat.com/mingo/vsyscall-patches/vsyscall-2.3.32-F4>
> dean> (there's a documentation file near the bottom of the patch)
> dean> but it doesn't appear to support gettimeofday via rdtsc yet.
>
> Interesting patch; when last I looked, vsyscalls were only being
> implemented on the new 64-bit architectures.
>
> Does this patch break binary compatibility? I seem to recall that being
> Andrea's reason for not running vsyscalls on standard x86 back in August
> last year.
>
In keeping with the subject, the gettimeofday call in this patch does
NOT get the current timeofday, but the time it was last updated, which
is usually every 1/HZ. The REAL gettimeofday adds a converted delta of
the TSC to get the time to NOW with a resolution of 1 micro second.
(Oh, and by the way, it does not update xtime in the process of doing
this.)

As a wonder, just how long is your system taking to do a gettimeofday.
Mine does it in under one micro second (800 MHZ PIII).

-g

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