I posted this on this mailing list before at Jane Street we have developed
very fast code to get timing information based on TSC if available.  It's
all ocaml but well documented and mostly just calls to c functions so
should be easy to port to C and we release it under a very liberal license
so it should be no problem to take the ideas:


Hope this is useful.


On Wed, May 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM, Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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:
> SomeGlobalVariablePointingToTheCurrentNode->profiling_counter++;
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