[tip:perf/core] perf_events: Fix sample_period transfer on inherit

From: tip-bot for Peter Zijlstra
Date: Fri Jan 29 2010 - 04:31:56 EST

Commit-ID: 75c9f3284a7ff957829f44baace82406a6354ceb
Gitweb: http://git.kernel.org/tip/75c9f3284a7ff957829f44baace82406a6354ceb
Author: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
AuthorDate: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:04:26 +0100
Committer: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx>
CommitDate: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:15:26 +0100

perf_events: Fix sample_period transfer on inherit

One problem with frequency driven counters is that we cannot
predict the rate at which they trigger, therefore we have to
start them at period=1, this causes a ramp up effect. However,
if we fail to propagate the stable state on fork each new child
will have to ramp up again. This can lead to significant
artifacts in sample data.

Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: eranian@xxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Mike Galbraith <efault@xxxxxx>
Cc: Paul Mackerras <paulus@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@xxxxxxxxx>
LKML-Reference: <1264752266.4283.2121.camel@laptop>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx>
kernel/perf_event.c | 11 +++++++++--
1 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/perf_event.c b/kernel/perf_event.c
index 251fb95..53dc2a3 100644
--- a/kernel/perf_event.c
+++ b/kernel/perf_event.c
@@ -5002,8 +5002,15 @@ inherit_event(struct perf_event *parent_event,
child_event->state = PERF_EVENT_STATE_OFF;

- if (parent_event->attr.freq)
- child_event->hw.sample_period = parent_event->hw.sample_period;
+ if (parent_event->attr.freq) {
+ u64 sample_period = parent_event->hw.sample_period;
+ struct hw_perf_event *hwc = &child_event->hw;
+ hwc->sample_period = sample_period;
+ hwc->last_period = sample_period;
+ atomic64_set(&hwc->period_left, sample_period);
+ }

child_event->overflow_handler = parent_event->overflow_handler;

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