Re: [RFC PATCH 14/23] watchdog/hardlockup: Decouple the hardlockup detector from perf

From: Ricardo Neri
Date: Wed Jun 13 2018 - 21:22:42 EST

On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 10:43:24AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 05:57:34PM -0700, Ricardo Neri wrote:
> > The current default implementation of the hardlockup detector assumes that
> > it is implemented using perf events.
> The sparc and powerpc things are very much not using perf.

Isn't it true that the current hardlockup detector
(under kernel/watchdog_hld.c) is based on perf? As far as I understand,
this hardlockup detector is constructed using perf events for architectures
that don't provide an NMI watchdog. Perhaps I can be more specific and say
that this synthetized detector is based on perf.

On a side note, I saw that powerpc might use a perf-based hardlockup
detector if it has perf events [1].

Please let me know if my understanding is not correct.

Thanks and BR,