Re: [PATCH v3 1/n] perf/core: addressing 4x slowdown during per-process profiling of STREAM benchmark on Intel Xeon Phi

From: Mark Rutland
Date: Mon Jun 19 2017 - 11:10:53 EST

On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 07:59:08AM -0700, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > > For comparison, can you give --per-thread a go prior to these patches
> > > being applied?
> >
> > FWIW, I had a go with (an old) perf record on an arm64 system using
> > --per-thread, and I see that no samples are recorded, which seems like a
> > bug.
> >
> > With --per-thread, the slwodown was ~20%, whereas with the defaults it
> > was > 400%.
> I'm not sure what the point of the experiment is? It has to work
> with reasonable overead even without --per-thread.
> FWIW Alexey already root caused the problem, so there's no need
> to restart the debugging.

Sure; we understand where that overhead is coming from, we have an idea
as to how to mitigate that, and we should try to make that work it we

I was trying to get a feel for how that compares to what we can do
today. For other reasons (e.g. fd exhaustion), opening NR_CPUS * n
events might not be a great idea on systems with a huge number of CPUs.
We might want a heuristic in the perf tool regardless.