Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Jul 2013 11:23 UTC
Windows "The default timer resolution on Windows is 15.6 ms - a timer interrupt 64 times a second. When programs increase the timer frequency they increase power consumption and harm battery life. They also waste more compute power than I would ever have expected " they make your computer run slower! Because of these problems Microsoft has been telling developers to not increase the timer frequency for years. So how come almost every time I notice that my timer frequency has been raised it's been done by a Microsoft program?" Fascinating article.
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Silly technical question
by Neolander on Thu 11th Jul 2013 05:59 UTC
Neolander
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On all modern computer hardware, you can set timers in single-shot mode for any duration you want, with microsecond to nanosecond timing accuracies. So how come we are still using periodic timers, apart for truly periodic phenomena such as round-robin scheduling without any external timing disturbance ? Is it so costly to set up timers this way in terms of CPU cycles or power consumption ?

Edited 2013-07-11 06:05 UTC

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