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SubjectRe: gettimeofday resolution seriously degraded in test9
>>>>> "Richard" == Richard B Johnson <> writes:

Richard> There isn't any magic that can solve this problem. It turns
Richard> out that with later Intel CPUs, one can get CPU-clock
Richard> resolution from rdtsc. However, this is hardware-specific. If
Richard> somebody modifies the gettimeofday() and the POSIX clock
Richard> routines to use rdtsc when available, a lot of problems will
Richard> go away.

gettimofday() and the posix clock routines (which use gettimeofday())
*do* use rdtsc if the processor has a reliable one --- do_gettimeofday() calls
cur_timer->get_offset(), which is essentially a scaled rdtsc if you're
using timers_tsc.c.

But when you have power management turned on, TSC doesn't run at a
constant rate. If it gets *too* slow, the timer switches to use the
PIT instead, and one loses the cycle-resolution one would otherwise have.

Dr Peter Chubb peterc AT
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