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PostPosted: Sun 17 Feb 2013, 12:05    Post_subject:  How to rdtsc ? [SOLVED]
Sub_title: i wish i can print the Time Stamp Counter

Arrow Racy Puppy Linux 5.3 is such a great programming eco-system that i am instantly converted from Windows XP-pro SP3 Cool

Arrow Among other things i love with computers is HPC (High Performance Computing)

Arrow One achievement i am proud of (found saturday 5 november 2005) :

These are 11 levels Absolute Difference triangles Cool

Arrow For HPC purpose high precision benchmark is a must have. On windows i have always used printtsc so my benchmarks have cpu-clock accuracy. Because at this performance level almost no cpu-cycle can be wasted.

Arrow So one thing i miss is TSC Sad

Arrow However i am sure this lack can be eliminated because you will cool guys at murga-linux Cool

Idea Of course if you provide me a TSC console command then i will reward you with more amazing Absolute Difference triangles.

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PostPosted: Sun 17 Feb 2013, 12:55    Post_subject:  

You can time the execution of commands very easily using the program called (what else?) 'time'.
From the command line simply type:
time command-here
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Feb 2013, 13:45    Post_subject:  

Ok, thanks to you.

Unfortunately the story is not over :
Arrow It seems to me you overlook the HPC problems.
Arrow The time is a MHz-dependant information. Moreover cpu frequency can scale up or down. So time is just an inaccurate performance measurement.
Arrow The TSC is a MHz-independant information.
Arrow More importantly, i have a need to access clock information while the program is progressing, not only when it is terminated. The motivation is the program is so loooooooong hence it displays certain progress information. The time when a certain computation step occurs really matters.
Arrow I need to know if the program will terminate after the sun explodes or before i turn 50 Wink It makes a huge difference, isn't it ? The time command will not tell me that information. Or it will tell it long after i am died Rolling Eyes

Conclusion : i still have a need to display the cpu TSC.

Edit: i finally wrote the code myself, just have to test it

// gcc -o rdtsc rdtsc.c
#include <inttypes.h>
#include <stdint.h>
#include <stdio.h>

static __inline__ uint64_t rdtsc(void)
   uint32_t a, d;
   asm volatile("rdtsc" : "=a" (a), "=d" (d));
   return (((uint64_t)a) | (((uint64_t)d) << 32));

int main()
   uint64_t clock;
   clock = rdtsc();
   return 0;
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