Re: comments on Performance Counters for Linux (PCL)

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Fri May 29 2009 - 04:46:53 EST

> You're talking about VT stuff, right?


> Does that virtualize the PMU too?

A hypervisor can in software, but another common case is a global profiler on
the host to be able to profile all guests too. e.g. xenoprofile is able to do

If you want a full system picture with virtualization that's pretty much

For that you need a concept of more priviledge levels (host user, host sys,
guest user, guest sys)

> Happen to have more details? If they really run in user context their
> priv level would be the same right, otherwise they run in something
> weird, not quite user not quite kernel. Now that might be the case, but
> I'm utterly ignorant on itanic.

See Documentation/ia64/fsys.txt

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