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6.3 Timing an Execution

The hwclock(), dclock() and mclock() system calls can be used to obtain timing information. dclock() is the most useful one. It reads the hardware counter and returns a double precision time in seconds. The actual time returned by these calls is usually unimportant. To time an interval in a program, the difference in the time between an initial call and final call to dclock() is used.

Example
Here we measure the time taken by a loop. Node 0 prints the time to the screen.

double start_time, end_time, elapsed_time;
int i, imax;
start_time = dclock();
for (i=0; i<imax; i++) {

}
end_time = dclock();
elapsed_time = end_time - start_time;
if (mynode() == 0)
printf("Time taken = %8.6lfn", elapsed_time);