[linux-audio-dev] timesetevent alternative

Lee Revell rlrevell at joe-job.com
Fri May 6 18:17:02 UTC 2005

On Fri, 2005-05-06 at 14:30 +0200, Benno Senoner wrote:
> Paul Davis wrote:
> >usleep (2) is the canonical high resolution sleep function on POSIX
> >(although nanosleep(2) is a close cousin). the resolution is limited
> >by the system timer interrupt frequency, which is typically either
> >100Hz (2.4 and older kernels) or 1kHz (2.6 kernels)
> >  
> >
> Right,
> nanosleep() might be a bit more precise than usleep() but for low sleep 
> values ( AFAIK < 2msec ) it
> busywaits when you run your app SCHED_FIFO which in the case of 
> sustained streams of low sleep values
> could chew up all the CPU, not idea for real time audio apps.

Not anymore.  From man 2 nanosleep:

   Old behaviour
       In  order to support applications requiring much more precise
pauses (e.g., in order to control some time-critical hardware),
nanosleep would handle pauses of up
       to 2 ms by busy waiting with microsecond precision when called
from a process scheduled under a real-time policy  like  SCHED_FIFO  or
SCHED_RR.   This  special
       extension was removed in kernel 2.5.39, hence is still present in
current 2.4 kernels, but not in 2.6 kernels.


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