[PATCH V5 0/6] large PEBS interrupt threshold

From: Kan Liang
Date: Mon Feb 23 2015 - 10:00:19 EST

This patch series implements large PEBS interrupt threshold.
Currently, the PEBS threshold is forced to set to one. A larger PEBS
interrupt threshold can significantly reduce the sampling overhead
especially for frequently occurring events
(like cycles or branches or load/stores) with small sampling period.
For example, perf record cycles event when running kernbench
with 10003 sampling period. The Elapsed Time reduced from 32.7 seconds
to 16.5 seconds, which is 2X faster.
For more details, please refer to patch 3's description.

- It can not supply a callgraph.
- It requires setting a fixed period.
- It cannot supply a time stamp.
- To supply a TID it requires flushing on context switch.
If the above requirement doesn't apply, the threshold will set to one.

When PEBS events happen near to each other, the records for the events
can be collapsed into a single one, and it's not possible to
reconstruct. When collision happens, we drop the PEBS record.
Actually, collisions are extremely rare as long as different events
are used. We once tested the worst case with four frequently occurring
events (cycles:p,instructions:p,branches:p,mem-stores:p).
The collisions rate is only 0.34%.
The only way you can get a lot of collision is when you count the same
thing multiple times. But it is not a useful configuration.
For details about collisions, please refer to patch 4's description.

changes since v1:
- drop patch 'perf, core: Add all PMUs to pmu_idr'
- add comments for case that multiple counters overflow simultaneously
changes since v2:
- rename perf_sched_cb_{enable,disable} to perf_sched_cb_user_{inc,dec}
- use flag to indicate auto reload mechanism
- move codes that setup PEBS sample data to separate function
- output the PEBS records in batch
- enable this for All (PEBS capable) hardware
- more description for the multiplex
changes since v3:
- ignore conflicting PEBS record
changes since v4:
- Do more tests for collision and update comments

Yan, Zheng (6):
perf, x86: use the PEBS auto reload mechanism when possible
perf, x86: introduce setup_pebs_sample_data()
perf, x86: large PEBS interrupt threshold
perf, x86: handle multiple records in PEBS buffer
perf, x86: drain PEBS buffer during context switch
perf, x86: enlarge PEBS buffer

arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event.c | 15 +-
arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event.h | 5 +-
arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c | 11 +-
arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel_ds.c | 283 ++++++++++++++++++++---------
arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel_lbr.c | 3 -
5 files changed, 224 insertions(+), 93 deletions(-)


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