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get an usleep() with less than 20ms on 2.4.27

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Subject: get an usleep() with less than 20ms on 2.4.27
From: "Conil.Christophe" <>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 16:07:05 +0100
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Thread-topic: get an usleep() with less than 20ms on 2.4.27

I'm using a 2.4.27 Kernel on MIPS.

I'm actually programming a USR-Space software which needs high-precision 
sleep() functions. Actually, by using them, I can't get a sleep time lower than 
20 ms. (even with a usleep(1) which should sleep for 1 microsecond) I thought 
it may came from the Linux default scheduler, so I increased its resolution by 
modifying HZ and CLOCKS_PER_SEC (I set them to 1000 instead of 100) in the 
/linux/include/asm-mips/param.h file. I'm now having a minimum usleep time of 
2ms, which is better, but still not perfect (since I need at least 1ms) If I 
continue increasing these 2 values, my kernel doesn't compile because of 

Do you have a clue what could I do to have a non-active (without a while) 
sleeping time fewer than 2ms? (A sleeping time of 0.5 ms would be perfect)

Please excuse my newbieness if I said something not relevant... 

Thank you very much,

Christophe CONIL

Content of /linux/include/linux/timex.h
#if HZ >= 12 && HZ < 24
# define SHIFT_HZ 4
#elif HZ >= 768 && HZ < 1536
# define SHIFT_HZ 10
# error You lose. <

Content of /linux/include/asm-mips/param.h
#ifndef _ASM_PARAM_H
#define _ASM_PARAM_H

#ifndef HZ

#ifdef __KERNEL__

/* Safeguard against user stupidity  */
#ifdef _SYS_PARAM_H
#error Do not include <asm/param.h> with __KERNEL__ defined!

#include <linux/config.h>

/* This is the internal value of HZ, that is the rate at which the jiffies
   counter is increasing.  This value is independent from the external value
   and can be changed in order to suit the hardware and application
   requirements.  */
#  define HZ 1000 /* CC : Previous value was 100 */
#  define hz_to_std(a) (a)

#else /* defined(__KERNEL__)  */

/* This is the external value of HZ as seen by user programs.  Don't change
   unless you know what you're doing - changing breaks binary compatibility.  */
#define HZ 100 

#endif /* defined(__KERNEL__)  */
#endif /* defined(HZ)  */


#ifdef __KERNEL__
# define CLOCKS_PER_SEC     1000     /* frequency at which times() counts */ /* 
CC : Previous value was 100 */

#endif /* _ASM_PARAM_H */

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