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Little micro-benchmark for Linux to test the cost of context switching and system calls
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Little micro-benchmarks to assess the performance overhead of context
switching.

timesyscall: Benchmarks the overhead of a system call.
timectxsw:   Benchmarks the overhead of context switching between 2 processes.
timetctxsw:  Benchmarks the overhead of context switching between 2 threads.
timectxswws: Benchmarks the overhead of context switching between 2 processes
             using a working set of the size specified in argument.
timetctxsw2: Benchmarks the overhead of context switching between 2 threads,
             by using a shed_yield() method.
             If you do taskset -a 1, all threads should be scheduled on the
             same processor, so you are really doing thread context switch.
             Then to be sure that you are really doing it, just do:
               strace -ff -tt -v taskset -a 1 ./timetctxsw2
             Now why sched_yield() is enough for testing ? Because, it place
             the current thread at the end of the ready queue. So the next
             ready thread will be scheduled.
             I also added sched_setscheduler(SCHED_FIFO) to get the best
             performances.
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