Re: Query for time tracking between userspace and kernelspace

From: Lei Wen
Date: Fri Apr 04 2014 - 05:10:00 EST

On Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM, noman pouigt <variksla@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello,
> Probably this question belongs to kernelnewbies
> list but I think i will get accurate answer from here.
> I am doing some optimization in kernel video driver
> code to reduce the latency from the time buffer
> is given to the time it is displayed.
> Userspace:
> t1 = gettimeofday()
> Kernelspace:
> t2 = do_gettimeofday()
> Using debugfs i am copying t2 to userspace and
> subtracting the result.
> latency = t2 - t1
> Would this be accurate? I know there is context
> switch involved and other stuff but this is the method
> i came up with. Any better way?

Not sure whether it is accurate or not...
But from the code, gettimeofday syscall define in kernel/time.c
is also using the kernel's do_gettimeofday API, and then copy to
userspace, which shall not so different with your debugfs usage.

For better way, would this vDSO getimeofday could fulfill your need?
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