Kernel Start-up Time
caglarakyuz at gmail.com
Mon Jan 18 03:54:59 EST 2010
On Monday 18 January 2010 10:39:27 am Tonyliu wrote:
> Caglar Akyuz wrote:
> > Hello,
> > While measuring Linux start-up time, I see that printing version string
> > in "start_kernel" takes ~1.3 seconds. I guess this is the time between
> > from "bootloader jumping to uImage" and "printing version string in
> > generic start_kernel code". Relevant part of my boot log is attached.
> > My question: is it normal this 1.3 sec init time? My system is 297 MHZ
> > arm926ej-s with a 162MHZ DDR2 memory.
> It depends on where you start to measure it?
> Starting from when power is turned on.
> Starting from when the first instruction executes.
> Start from the bootloader tries to load the kernel image.
That number is relative, it is the time passing from u-boot jumping to kernel
and kernel starting.
> I think this type of mearsurement makes no much sense to you, since
> people want to know
> When the kernel loads userspace or
> When the first app starts to run.
First application starts in ~4 second. This time consists of:
1) ~1 sec for application start.
2) ~1 sec for userspace init, mouting filesys, etc.
3) ~1 sec for kernel init for drivers and machine specific code
4) ~1 sec for the aforementioned delay.
> These are more meaningful for specific product.
It is number 4 that I'm trying to understand. I think it has the highest
chance to contribute to end goal. But if it is as expected, then no room for
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