Re: A question of perf NMI handler

From: Don Zickus
Date: Fri Aug 06 2010 - 10:22:11 EST

On Fri, Aug 06, 2010 at 08:52:03AM +0200, Robert Richter wrote:
> On 04.08.10 15:26:34, Cyrill Gorcunov wrote:
> > yes, that is what I meant by nmi_sc register. I think we need to restucturize
> > current default_do_nmi handler but how to be with perfs I don't know at moment
> > if perf register gets overflowed (ie already has pedning nmi) but we handle
> > it in early nmi cycle this would lead to strange results. Need to think.
> >
> > >
> > > So you can decide to either get an unrecovered nmi panic triggered by
> > > a perfctr or losing unknown nmis from other sources. Maybe this can be
> > > fixed by implementing handlers for those sources.
> I was playing around with it yesterday trying to fix this. My idea is
> to skip an unkown nmi if the privious nmi was a *handled* perfctr

You might want to add a little more logic that says *handled* _and_ had
more than one perfctr trigger. Most of the time only one perfctr is
probably triggering, so you might be eating unknown_nmi's needlessly.

Just a thought.

> nmi. I will probably post an rfc patch early next week.
> Another problem I encountered is that unknown nmis from the chipset
> are not reenabled, thus when hitting the nmi button I only see one
> unknown nmi message per boot, if I reenable it, I get an nmi
> storm firing nmi_watchdog. Uhh....


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