Re: Accelerating user mode linux

From: Richard Zidlicky (
Date: Fri Aug 02 2002 - 06:34:44 EST

On Thu, Aug 01, 2002 at 11:40:28PM -0500, Jeff Dike wrote:
> Your objection to returning through sigreturn was performance. Is performance
> a veto of adding an mm switch to sigreturn, or it is possible to make it
> acceptible?

I have once ported Basilisk to work native on linux-m68k. It works
*slow* so I looked what the problem is - the signal delivery in
Linux is exorbitantly slow. Eg an SIGILL delivery costs ~ 1650 cycles
on a 68060, compared to that sigreturn and getpid are 200-250 and
sched_yield with context switch around 400.

So sigreturn is not the place I would be looking for the biggest


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