Different Timing Mechanisms and How They are Used

This article presents various types of timing mechanisms that are found in most real-time systems and the applicability of each.

Most real-time kernels provide some or all of the following types of timing mechanisms:

  • A pause function (also known as sleep or delay).
  • A one-shot timer.
  • A periodic timer (also known as a continuous timer).
  • Time-slicing (also known as time-sharing, although the term time-sharing is more properly applied to multi-user environments).
  • Indirect timing mechanisms.
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