INTspect: Interrupt Latencies in the Linux Kernel

  • Benedict Herzog Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
  • Luis Gerhorst Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
  • Bernhard Heinloth Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
  • Stefan Reif Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
  • Timo Honig Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
  • Wolfgang Schroder-Preikschat Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)


Interrupt handling with predictably low latency is a must for systems to respond to external events. System designers of tiny embedded computers to large-scale distributed systems face the challenge of ever-increasing hardware and software complexity. In the absence of precise timing models, measurement-based approaches are required to achieve predictably low latency. In this paper, we present INTspect, a tool that systematically evaluates the interrupt latency, at run-time, in the Linux operating system kernel. We apply INTspect on two distinct platforms (i.e. ARM and Intel) to measure interrupt latencies, identify jitter causes, and reveal interdependencies between interrupt handlers and user-space workloads. Our tool thus provides valuable insight on interrupt timings and interferences.

Palavras-chave: Linux, Interrupts, Latency, Measurements


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HERZOG, Benedict; GERHORST, Luis; HEINLOTH, Bernhard; REIF, Stefan; HONIG, Timo; SCHRODER-PREIKSCHAT, Wolfgang. INTspect: Interrupt Latencies in the Linux Kernel. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS COMPUTACIONAIS (SBESC), 8. , 2018, Salvador. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2018 . p. 113-120. ISSN 2237-5430.