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2021-09-06 12:00

"OSADL Track" at EWC 2022: Call for Papers

All about legal and technical issues and solutions when using Open Source software in industry

2021-02-09 12:00

Open Source OPC UA PubSub over TSN project phase #3 launched

Letter of Intent with call for participation is now available

2016-11-12 12:00

Raspberry Pi and real-time Linux

Let's have a look at the OSADL QA Farm data

2016-09-17 12:00

Preemption latency of real-time Linux systems

How to measure it – and how to fix it, if it's too high?


HOWTO: Latency Generator (used for calibration purposes)


Download the file archive blocksys-0.5.tgz and type:

tar -xf blocksys-0.5.tgz
cd blocksys-0.5
modprobe blocksys

Then run the application


or, alternatively, a shell script with the same functionality


Check out the generated latency:

tail /var/log/messages
[..] kernel: blocksys: CPU #0 will be blocked for 2000000 nops
[..] kernel: blocksys: CPU #0 blocked about 1270 us

You may then wish to check and to calibrate latency analysis tools such as cyclictest or the OSADL Latency Measurement Box by executing mklatency or while these tools are running. The CYCLES constant in the mklatency.c source file and the $nops shell variable in define the duration of the latency.