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Re: sleep in microsecond or nanosecond


From: Thomas Bushnell, BSG
Subject: Re: sleep in microsecond or nanosecond
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:03:31 -0700

The current technique is to use a blocking mach_msg which will never complete, and with a timeout. The reason that nanosleep and usleep don't work is because 10ms is the granularity of the Mach clock.  Changing the interface here isn't the issue so much as changing the implementation.

Thomas

On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 2:22 PM, <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi,

On Tue, Jul 06, 2010 at 08:44:30AM +0800, Da Zheng wrote:

> I need a program to sleep in several microseconds, but neither
> nanosleep() nor usleep() can work. They sleep at least 10ms. So it
> seems the only option is to use loop and Linux kernel does so as well
> for udelay() and ndelay(). Then I need high resolution timing. I think
> I can use TSC, but it's better to be system independent. There is
> clock_gettime() in POSIX, but surprisingly it's not implemented in
> glibc in Hurd. Any suggestions?

For the record: I still think that the best solution would be a special
kernel call that does precise delays; automatically using delay loops
for short sleeps, or the best available timer for longer ones. This
stuff is pretty machine-specific, and thus -- at least in the Mach world
-- it's a job for the kernel. (Though even L4 does timer handling in the
kernel AIUI -- after all, the kernel needs some timer support itself, to
implement process scheduling...)

Of course such a kernel call would still be a bit rough for really short
delays, because of the general kernel call overhead. I guess it would be
good enough for most applications though.

-antrik-



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