On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM, Greg Stark <st...@mit.edu> wrote:
> I always assumed the kernel used rdtsc to implement some of the high
> performance timers. It can save the current time in a mapped page when
> it schedules a process and then in the vdso syscall (ie in user-space)
> it can use rdtsc to calculate the offset needed to adjust that
> timestamp to the current time. This seems consistent with your
> calculations that showed the 40ns overhead with +/- 10ns precision.

Crazy idea: Instead of trying to time precisely the amount of time we
spend in each node, configure a very-high frequency timer interrupt
(or background thread?) that does:


Robert Haas
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