Re: [PATCH] hwlat_detector: Detect hardware-induced latencies

From: Steven Rostedt
Date: Wed Apr 08 2015 - 12:35:59 EST

On Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:28:34 -0400
Daniel Wagner <daniel.wagner@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> A simple hardware latency detector. Use this module to detect large
> latencies introduced by the behavior of the underlying system firmware
> external to Linux. The hardware latency detector works by disabling
> interrupts while running a tight loop taking timestams and measure for
> unexplainable gaps in the CPU timestamp counter(s). Any gap indicates
> a time when the polling was interrupted and interrupts turned off the
> only thing that could do that would be an SMI.
> By default, the module is not enabled until the "enable" file within
> the "hwlat_detector" debugfs directory is toggled.
> Jon Masters developed this wonderful SMI detector. For details please
> consult Documentation/hwlat_detector.txt.
> [dw: rewrote everything except the detector itself (sample_get()]
> Signed-off-by: Daniel Wagner <daniel.wagner@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Jon Masters <jcm@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Carsten Emde <C.Emde@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Steven Rostedt <srostedt@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <bigeasy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Mike Galbraith <bitbucket@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc; linux-rt-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Link:
> ---
> Hi,
> Here is my attempt to rewritte hwlat_detector. Most of the code is a
> new except the detection routine itself. With some luck I didn't break
> it. I hope I updated the documentation correctly and also added all
> the credits.
> @Carsten, I haven't found your original post of the hwlatdetect.patch
> patch. I assume you have written most of the documentation. I guess
> should be also added as copyright holder.

Funny you are working on this. I'm actually working on porting the
hwlat_detector to ftrace as a tracer and removing it as a module. It
will be similar to the irqsoff tracer, although it wont be doing
"latency" tests. It will just report the output to the ring buffer as
the other tracers do.

-- Steve
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