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SubjectRe: Anyone else interested in a high-precision monotonic counter?
Manfred Bartz wrote:

> Why a new system call?
Well, you'd be accessing a different kernel variable--"ytime" instead of
"xtime". This new variable wouldn't be adjusted when the system
time/date was, it would start at zero and always increase.

> regarding a: it could have microsecond resolution but not
> microseconds accuracy.

On PPC and x86 systems, gettimeofday() is both accurate and precise to
microseconds, since it is based off of jiffies and then offset to get

> regarding b: have you looked at the return-value of times(2)
> Or roll your own using setitimer(2)

Both of these are precise only to jiffies, which defaults at 10
milliseconds on x86 and PPC. If you want microsecond timing, the only
current standard way to do it is to use gettimeofday(), which is
sensitive to changes in system date and time.

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