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Posted 25 Jul 2002

High-Performance Timer in C#

, 29 Jul 2002
A C# class to provide exact time measurement in your applications.
using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Threading;

namespace Win32
{
    internal class HiPerfTimer
    {
        [DllImport("Kernel32.dll")]
        private static extern bool QueryPerformanceCounter(out long lpPerformanceCount);  

		[DllImport("Kernel32.dll")]
		private static extern bool QueryPerformanceFrequency(out long lpFrequency);
		
		private long startTime, stopTime;
		private long freq;
		
        // Constructor
		public HiPerfTimer()
		{
            startTime = 0;
            stopTime  = 0;

            if (QueryPerformanceFrequency(out freq) == false)
            {
                // high-performance counter not supported 
                throw new Win32Exception(); 
            }
		}
		
		// Start the timer
		public void Start()
		{
            // lets do the waiting threads there work
            Thread.Sleep(0);  

			QueryPerformanceCounter(out startTime);
		}
		
		// Stop the timer
		public void Stop()
		{
		    QueryPerformanceCounter(out stopTime);
		}
		
		// Returns the duration of the timer (in seconds)
        public double Duration
        {
        	get
        	{
            	return (double)(stopTime - startTime) / (double) freq;
            }
        }
	}
}

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