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Strange "framerate drop" using with my own timer class

I wrote a small timer class for use in a graphics engine I am working on
for teaching myself.

The small time based animations I tried with it seem to work fine but
displaying the frame rate I noticed a certain "drop in framerate" to
appear at regular intervals without any apparent reason.

Here's the code I'm using:

class BasicTimer
void update();
float getTimePerFrame() const;

// Copy constructor and assignment operator
// Declared private for copy protection
BasicTimer(const BasicTimer& rFrom);
BasicTimer& operator=(const BasicTimer& rFrom);

// Attributes
float timeOfThisFrame_;
float timePerFrame_; // In seconds
float timeOfLastFrame_;

inline BasicTimer::BasicTimer()
: timeOfThisFrame_(0.0f),
timeOfLastFrame_(static_cast<float>(clock()) /

inline BasicTimer::~BasicTimer()

inline void BasicTimer::update()
timeOfThisFrame_ = static_cast<float>(clock()) /

// Prevent overflow (however unlikely considering the data range)
if (timeOfThisFrame_ - timeOfLastFrame_ >= 0.0f)
timePerFrame_ = timeOfThisFrame_ - timeOfLastFrame_;

timeOfLastFrame_ = timeOfThisFrame_;

inline float BasicTimer::getTimePerFrame() const
return timePerFrame_;

I display the framerate in my main() by calling:

std::cout << (1.0f / timer.getTimePerFrame()) << std::endl;

and I get either 1.INF usually since I am only drawing two triangles
right now, or some value around 60.0 if I activate VSynch on my GPU's

Anyway, every 10 frames or so that framrate drops. Either from 1.INF to
60, or from 60.0 to 30.0 depending on what mode I am on.

It's really happening at somewhat regular intervals but I don't see
what's causing it. The animation seems to be smooth enough so the values
seem to be correct, but why do some frames at regular intervals take
longer to render?
Apr 11 '07 #1
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