Re: [PATCH 0/3] perf_events: update extra shared registers management (v2)

From: Stephane Eranian
Date: Mon May 23 2011 - 08:00:49 EST

On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-05-23 at 12:58 +0200, Stephane Eranian wrote:
>> There is a major issue as it stands, though. You can
>> get into an infinite loop bouncing between RSP_0 and RSP_1
>> in case there is no solution in the group, i.e., you have 3 values
>> for the extra MSR. I think you need to count the number of times
>> you've called intel_try_alt_er() with success or maintain some sort
>> of bitmask of possible alternate choices and when you exhaust that,
>> you simply fail.
> That should be sorted by the compare with the initial idx value, no?
> Once its back where it started out it'll bail.

- ev1=rsp_0:0x1001
- ev2=rsp_0:0x1002
- ev3=rsp_1:0x1008

ev1-> rsp_0
ev2-> rsp_0, conflict, then try yields rsp_1 -> ok
ev3 -> rsp_1, conflict, then rsp_0, but fails, try again -> rsp_1,
fails, and so on

The issue is that the intel_try() function does not know the
history of the swaps between rsp_0, rsp1.
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