hundreds of seconds?

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Wed Oct 11 16:43:34 CEST 2006

eur.van.andel at wrote:

> Hi all
> How can I access partial seconds on the system clock?
> I measure air speed and water flow in a heat-exchanger test stand and
> count pulses from both water meter and air speed meter. I divide the
> amount of these counts over a certain interval with the time of that
> interval. Since I only have seconds, I need to wait 100 seconds for may
> calculation is I want a precision of 1%.
> The radiator fan that I use can't stand these long intervals, 'cause I
> run it with 24V and 50 Amps to get decent airflow (10m/s) through my
> heat exchanger.
> Again: how do I get the hundreds of seconds from the system clock?
> In Pascal it was:  GetTime( Hr1, Min1, Sec1, cSec1);  (yes, I'm that
> old).

time.time() returns the system time in seconds since the epoch (1970). The
fractional part is relevant.

However, be aware that your OS may limit the precision here. I'm not sure,
but I think Windows for example doesn't get faster than 10th or 100th of a

For more precise timing, you might need a special library/extension that
works with the cpu timer register or something like that.


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