[PATCHv3] ftrace: Provide trace clock monotonic raw

From: Drew Richardson
Date: Fri May 08 2015 - 10:30:47 EST

Expose the NMI safe accessor to the monotonic raw clock to the
tracer. The mono clock was added with commit
1b3e5c0936046e7e023149ddc8946d21c2ea20eb. The advantage of the
monotonic raw clock is that it will advance more constantly than the
monotonic clock.

Imagine someone is trying to optimize a particular program to reduce
instructions executed for a given workload while minimizing the effect
on runtime. Also suppose that NTP is running and potentially making
larger adjustments to the monotonic clock. If NTP is adjusting the
monotonic clock to advance more rapidly, the program will appear to
use fewer instructions per second but run longer than if the monotonic
raw clock had been used. The total number of instructions observed
would be the same regardless of the clock source used, but how it's
attributed to time would be affected.

Conversely if NTP is adjusting the monotonic clock to advance more
slowly, the program will appear to use more instructions per second
but run more quickly. Of course there are many sources that can cause
jitter in performance measurements on modern processors, but let's
remove NTP from the list.

The monotonic raw clock can also be useful for tracing early boot,
e.g. when debugging issues with NTP.

Signed-off-by: Drew Richardson <drew.richardson@xxxxxxx>
Acked-by: Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
kernel/trace/trace.c | 1 +
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace.c b/kernel/trace/trace.c
index 05330494a0df..458031c31a37 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/trace.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/trace.c
@@ -876,6 +876,7 @@ static struct {
{ trace_clock_jiffies, "uptime", 0 },
{ trace_clock, "perf", 1 },
{ ktime_get_mono_fast_ns, "mono", 1 },
+ { ktime_get_raw_fast_ns, "mono_raw", 1 },


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