Re: Call to the scheduler...

From: Richard B. Johnson (
Date: Tue Jul 24 2001 - 12:54:37 EST

On Tue, 24 Jul 2001, Damien TOURAINE wrote:

> Hi !
> I would like to implement a system to actively wait something but
> without eating a lot of CPU.
> Thus, I would like to know if there is any way to force the scheduler of
> Linux to pre-empt the current process/thread, like the "sginap(0)"
> function within IRIX.
> Moreover, I don't want to have to be root to execute such function.
> Friendly

Try sched_yield(). Accounting may still be messed up so the process
may be 'charged' for CPU time that it gave up. Also, usleep(n) works
very well with accounting working.

This works, does not seem to load the system, but `top` shows
99+ CPU time usage:

    for(;;) sched_yield();


This works and `top` shows nothing being used:


    for(;;) usleep(1);


Dick Johnson

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