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Performance of Boost.Context was measured on the platforms shown in the following table. Performance measurements were taken using rdtsc, with overhead corrections, on x86 platforms. In each case, stack protection was active, cache warm-up was accounted for, and the one running thread was pinned to a single CPU. The code was compiled using the build options, 'variant = release cxxflags = -DBOOST_DISABLE_ASSERTS'.

The numbers in the table are the number of cycles per iteration, based upon an average computed over 10 iterations.

Table 1. Perfomance of context switch



fcontext_t with fpu

fcontext_t without fpu


AMD Athlon 64 DualCore 4400+ (32bit Linux)

846 cycles

65 cycles

46 cycles

43 cycles

Intel Core2 Q6700 (64bit Linux)

1472 cycles

172 cycles

63 cycles

60 cycles