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On Monday 12 February 2007 16:55, Stephen Rothwell wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 16:44:22 +1100 "Con Kolivas" <kernel@kolivas.org> wrote:
> > The kernel looks at what is using cpu _only_ during the timer
> > interrupt. Which means if your HZ is 1000 it looks at what is running
> > at precisely the moment those 1000 timer ticks occur. It is
> > theoretically possible using this measurement system to use >99% cpu
> > and record 0 usage if you time your cpu usage properly. It gets even
> > more inaccurate at lower HZ values for the same reason.
>
> That is not true on all architecures, some do more accurate accounting by
> recording the times at user/kernel/interrupt transitions ...

Indeed. It's certainly the way the common more boring pc architectures do it
though.

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