Re: [PATCH 3/5] perf, x86: Disable PEBS on clowertown chips

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Fri Mar 05 2010 - 17:25:51 EST

On Fri, 2010-03-05 at 13:57 -0800, Stephane Eranian wrote:

> When I read AJ68, my understanding is that it's not that you do not
> get the interrupt. It will be delayed by one event. The buffer will become
> full. You won't overrun the buffer, you will get the interrupt at the next
> event. On interrupt, you have to reset the PEBS position pointer anyway.
> There is already a disconnect between the sampling period and the actual
> instruction sampled. That's not making the situation that much worse, unless
> I am missing something.

The current code doesn't use the buffering at all, it uses single-shot
PEBS by keeping pebs_event_reset 0 and setting a threshold of a single
entry, so if due to AJ68 we miss a PMI it will never come.

I guess we can fudge something, but at what point does the whole thing
stop being useful?

It would end up being something with fuzzy period and fuzzy location,
which is a loss-loss situation if you ask me.

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