Light Speed Socket Connections

Skip Montanaro skip at
Thu Jul 12 10:49:31 EDT 2001

    Bengt> On 11 Jul 2001 22:32:16 -0700, tangell at (T Angell) wrote:
    >> I wrote some code to test how long it takes to make socket connections
    >> and ran it against several hosts around the world, here are some
    >> sample times:
    >> socket time: 0.0047459602356
    >> socket time: 0.00469899177551
    >> socket time: 0.00404000282288
    >> socket time: 0.00537407398224
    Bengt> [...]
    >> t1 = time.time()
    Bengt> For accurate timing, time.clock() is recommended, I believe:

Not in this case.  He wants to know how long it takes the socket to be
connected between the two machines.  That is an elapsed time sort of thing,
what you measure with time.time.  It has little or nothing to do with the
CPU time used by the client process making the connection.

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