system call overhead
wojtek at wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl
Sun May 11 03:38:48 PDT 2014
did a simple test under FreeBSD/amd64 on intel atom 1.8GHz
takes over 5 seconds (10^10 cycles) to execute system call doing nothing
10^7 times. it did this in a loop so even no cache refill effect should
make a difference.
so 1000 CPU cycles on 2-way superscalar in-order CPU per system call with
everything in L1 cache. for me it is way too much.
Huge overhead of passing through ancient x86 gate descriptors are not
present - FreeBSD uses syscall instruction.
i found that doing other system calls that too do - in effect - nothing,
doesn't change that figure much.
tried to browse FreeBSD sources and found it quite complex.
As i for now don't have dragonfly installed on real computer at present
(VM is not a place to make good test) so could anyone perform that test on
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