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CPU usage during serial I/O

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I'm writing a program in which I continuosly use serial communication with a separate thread. If I use OVERLAPPED function to read/write data over serial port, the overall performance seems very good but CPU USAGE goes to 100%!!! If I use NON-OVERLAPPED I/O functions, performance decrease but CPU USAGE drop to 0-1%!!!! I'm using Delphi 6 with Win200 Professional. I don't know if this is true, in both cases I don't see any slowdown using other application.
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by:robert_marquardt
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Delphi is famous for a synchronisation bug in that area. The symtom is 100 % CPU usage. Have a look at the bugfixes from Borland for Delphi 6.
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by:gianluca
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CPU usage indication is really true ??? Even if I don't use Synchronize method and any kind of synchronization still have CPU usage always 100% with overlapped I/O and 0% with non-overlapped I/O.
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by:robert_marquardt
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A basic class of Delphi TMultiReadExclusiveWriteSynchronizer is very buggy (even buggier in Delphi 6). It has to do with general thread handling.
There is a special bugfix for Delphi 6 SP2 on Code Central. Get it and use it.
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by:gianluca
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I tried the patch you suggested but doesn't work; still have 100% USAGE during serial communication.
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Any suggestion ???
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I still have the same problem with D7
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