Re: [RFC PATCH 0/3]perf/core: extend perf_reg and perf_sample_regs_intr

From: Madhavan Srinivasan
Date: Fri Nov 06 2015 - 23:30:14 EST

On Friday 06 November 2015 03:55 PM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 06, 2015 at 09:04:00PM +1100, Michael Ellerman wrote:
>> It's a perrenial request from our hardware PMU folks to be able to see the raw
>> values of the PMU registers.
>> I think partly it's so that they can verify that perf is doing what they want,
>> and some of it is that they're interested in some of the more obscure info that
>> isn't plumbed out through other perf interfaces.
>> We've used various internal hacks over the years to keep them happy. This is an
>> attempt to use a somewhat standard mechanism.
>> It would also be helpful for those of us working on the perf hardware backends,
>> to be able to verify that we're programming things correctly, without resorting
>> to debug printks etc.
>> Basically we want to sample regs at the time of the perf interrupt, so we
>> though PERF_SAMPLE_REGS_INTR made senes :)
>> But if you think this is the wrong mechanism within perf, then please let us
>> know.
>> I know perf's mission is to abstract as much of the arcane hardware details
>> into a generic interface and make PMUs actually useful for normal folks, and we
>> are committed to that, but it would also be useful to be able to get the raw
>> values for a different type of user.
>> Maddy's patch only exports PMC1-6 and MMCR0/1. I think we also need to export
>> some others, in particular MMCRA has a lot of stuff in it, half of which is not
>> even architected. So that would have to be exported as "POWER8_MMCRA". And then
>> there's the SIAR/SDAR/SIER which contain a bunch of info on sampled
>> instructions that is not currently plumbed out.
> OK, no objections then. But this is useful information and should be
> included in the patch set.

Sure. Will add the information in the next version.


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