Re: [PATCH v2 1/2] perf: Add sampling of the raw monotonic clock

From: Pawel Moll
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 - 11:06:15 EST

On Fri, 2014-09-26 at 15:38 +0100, Namhyung Kim wrote:
> > Then I have loads of normal normal samples, timestamped with sched clock
> > only, and every now and then one with both timestamps which then I can
> > use for time correlation. The whole point is that the frequency of such
> > "synchronisation" event can be much (much!) lower than of the normal
> > samples, but it still allows pretty good approximation (I was getting
> > accuracy of ~1 microsecond and better with sched_switch trace event
> > marked with additional raw monotonic timestamp).
> Okay. But in that case wouldn't it be enough to use just a single
> timestamp for each event - sched_clock for cpu-cycles and monotonic raw
> for sched_switch?

To do the correlation you need both timestamps to be "taken"

perf event user event
-----O--------------+-------------O------> t_mono
: | :
: V :
-----O----------------------------O------> t_perf

Of course it's not possible get both values literally at the same time,
but placing them in a atomic context a couple of instructions from each
other still gives pretty good results. The larger this distance is, the
lower the accuracy will be. I must admit I haven't done such
experiments, but let me remind that I in my test I was getting results
in the range of 1000ns, with a single cycle of a 2GHz taking 0.5ns, so
moving the t_mono/t_perf value sampling further aside will reduce it



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