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Author vstinner
Recipients BTaskaya, belopolsky, p-ganssle, pitrou, vstinner
Date 2020-05-15.14:20:54
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I found this documentation on AIX thread_cputime():


#include <sys/thread.h>
int thread_cputime (tid, ctime)
tid_t tid;
thread_cputime_t * ctime ;
typedef struct {
    uint64_t utime; /* User time in nanosenconds */
    uint64_t stime; /* System time in nanoseconds */
} thread_cputime_t;


The thread_cputime subroutine allows a thread to query the CPU usage of the specified thread (tid) in the same process or in another process. If a value of -1 is passed in the tid parameter field, then the CPU usage of the calling thread is retrieved.

CPU usage is not the same as the total life of the thread in real time, rather it is the actual amount of CPU time consumed by the thread since it was created. The CPU usage retrieved by this subroutine contains the CPU time consumed by the requested thread tid in user space (utime) and system space (stime).

The thread to be queried is identified using the kernel thread ID which has global scope. This can be obtained by the application using the thread_self system call. Only 1:1 thread mode is supported. The result for M:N thread mode is undefined.

The CPU usage of a thread that is not the calling thread will be current as of the last time the thread was dispatched. This value will be off by a small amount if the target thread is currently running.

Ok good, it returns the user time *and* the system time, and it's the thread CPU time.

So it sounds reasonable to use it to implement time.thread_time().

By the way, the v8 project calls thread_cputime() on AIX when clock_gettime(CLOCK_THREAD_CPUTIME_ID) is requested, also to get better resolution:

// On AIX clock_gettime for CLOCK_THREAD_CPUTIME_ID outputs time with
// resolution of 10ms. thread_cputime API provides the time in ns
#if defined(V8_OS_AIX)
  thread_cputime_t tc;
  if (clk_id == CLOCK_THREAD_CPUTIME_ID) {
#if defined(__PASE__)  // CLOCK_THREAD_CPUTIME_ID clock not supported on IBMi
    return 0;
    if (thread_cputime(-1, &tc) != 0) {

Another question is why AIX doesn't use thread_cputime() internally to implement clock_gettime(CLOCK_THREAD_CPUTIME_ID) :-)
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