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[Gcl-devel] Re: how much does a fork cost; how much "should" it?

From: Camm Maguire
Subject: [Gcl-devel] Re: how much does a fork cost; how much "should" it?
Date: 01 Nov 2005 16:48:04 -0500
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"Warren A. Hunt Jr." <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi Bob,
>   It looks to me as though Camm's si::p-let has an overhead of about 2
>   milliseconds on elgin.  That seems awfully fast to me!  Great in fact.  How
>   long do you think would be "long" for a fork operation to take?  Of course, 
> I
>   probably am hopelessly confused.  Just learning out loud.
> Two milliseconds sounds about right.  But remember, "elgin" executes
> something like one or two billion instructions a second, so two
> milliseconds of computation is millions of instructions!

Just a note here that what we have now should in no wise be regarded
as illustrating the floor of the overhead of fork, which in any case
will be higher than that for threads, but by what fraction (to me) is
yet unknown.  There are significant areas remaining in which to
tighten the existing implementation.  It would be most helpful to have
an anlagous figure for the thread overhead as a sort of bogey to shoot
for.  I undertand that the machiones may not be comparable, but
perhaps we could express this in terms of fractions of the single
process performance, etc.

Take care,

> Cheers,
> Warren

Camm Maguire                                            address@hidden
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