Nov 11, 2016

A syscall is a lot cheaper than shown here in terms of direct costs ~ 150 cycles, and also a lot more expensive, depending on the call, when you factor in the full cost of the cache that gets clobbered. More like the full cost of a context switch shown, around 10-30K cycles[1]. For this reason it's important to use system calls that allow you to amortize more work into one call, like preadv, pwritev, recvmmsg, and sendmmsg.

[1] http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~chensm/Big_Data_reading_group/papers/...