Re: Measuring cpu time using getrusage

From: Tim Schmielau
Date: Sat Feb 17 2007 - 07:10:27 EST

On Wed, 14 Feb 2007, Johann Schuster wrote:

> currently i'm trying to measure the cpu times for
> numerical algorithms written in C using two calls of
> getrusage() and then calculating the time difference.
> According to the man page of getrusage i looked at the
> user time of my process. Surprisingly the measured user
> times vary strongly depending on the system load of the
> machine.
> A heavy system load nearly doubles the measured time
> for my routine.

Does your system have hyperthreading? (look at whether the siblings field
in /proc/cpuinfo is greater than one)
If yes, there is no way to accurately measure runtimes because the
(single-threaded) performance of your CPU depends on the other tasks
running. Just disable hyperthreading for these measurements.

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