Have you ever wondered how the overhead of switching contexts compared between Linux and Windows? This article compares programs that were compiled and run on Windows 2000 Advanced Server Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional, and Linux 2.4.2 from Red Hat 7.2. The programs demonstrate the effect of the choice of context token when measuring context switch times. It covers measuring the scheduler overhead and context switching using the proper primitives.
(Submitted by Sam Wed Jul 24, 2002 )
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