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Re: [RFC] synchronized CPU count registers on SMP machines

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Subject: Re: [RFC] synchronized CPU count registers on SMP machines
From: Greg Lindahl <lindahl@keyresearch.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 13:06:32 -0700
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On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 09:53:48AM -0700, Jun Sun wrote:

> 1) yes, it is always possible to use some external system-wide
> timer source, if available, to solve this problem.  However, that could
> get tricky too, and I wanted to do something generic which is hopefully 
> applicable to more systems.

Such sources are generally both much lower resolution, and they take a
long time to read. But a _consistent_ but higher overhead, lower
resolution number is better than an inconsistent number.

greg

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