[issue10278] add time.wallclock() method

Brian Curtin report at bugs.python.org
Fri Jan 14 17:34:40 CET 2011

Brian Curtin <curtin at acm.org> added the comment:

> In Windows, it should probably use GetTickCount64 if available,
> otherwise GetTickCount with logic to handle wrapping.  I think
> QueryPerformanceCounter is problematic as a general-purpose timer:
> depending on the hardware and Windows version, it can be offset
> differently across CPUs, and may not be reliable on some processors.  It
> may be fixed in Vista or Win7, I'm not sure; if so it's much higher
> resolution than GTC.

I don't have a ton of experience with this, but by creating a synchronization point based on when the system clock changes, QueryPerformanceCounter can be pretty accurate and as you already stated, and higher resolution than most other solutions. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc163996.aspx is where I got the idea and most of the implementation from. I'm essentially using the code from Figure 2 in a C extension right now to do something similar to threading.Timer in a performance testing tool.

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