[erlang-questions] Erlang timer accuracy & precision
Sat Sep 29 01:34:56 CEST 2007
I am writing some benchmarks, and I'd like to know what is the
accuracy and precision/sensitivity of the Erlang time mechanisms?
AFAIK I can use timer:tc(), statistics(wall_clock) and now() to get
I'm trying to understand if it makes any significant difference which
My questions are:
1. Are they all similar accuracy, or is one more accurate than the
2. Is the aparent precision/sensitivity of (at least) a millisecond
really available from those time sources, or is there some mechanism
they use which is actually less precise/sensitive?
3. Are they all approximately the same cost, or is one typically
cheaper than another?
I'm using Mac OS X 10.4 on MacBook Pro (core 2 duo) and Linux 2.6.9-
smp (Centos 4.1) on Athlon 64 X2.
Supplementary question: does the answers to 1-3 change significantly
with newer versions of the Linux Kernel?
I'm able to move to a 'good' kernel, but preferably something on long
As ever, pointers, advice and suggestions are always welcome.
PS - See you next week in Freiburg.
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