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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RE[2]: Other OSes?
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 10th Jul 2013 19:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Other OSes?"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

Ah, out of curiosity I just stumbled upon this link in a Google search:

http://lwn.net/Articles/549580/

So, that was the first step, allowing an kernel to go into a tickless mode whenever it is idle. And now they are making further progress in making it tickless all the time. I think I understand now.

Edited 2013-07-10 19:56 UTC

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