Re: [PATCH v2 1/5] arm64/perf: Basic uncore counter support for Cavium ThunderX

From: Jan Glauber
Date: Wed Apr 20 2016 - 08:29:24 EST

On Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 04:06:08PM +0100, Mark Rutland wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 09, 2016 at 05:21:03PM +0100, Jan Glauber wrote:
> > Provide "uncore" facilities for different non-CPU performance
> > counter units. Based on Intel/AMD uncore pmu support.
> >
> > The uncore drivers cover quite different functionality including
> > L2 Cache, memory controllers and interconnects.
> >
> > The uncore PMUs can be found under /sys/bus/event_source/devices.
> > All counters are exported via sysfs in the corresponding events
> > files under the PMU directory so the perf tool can list the event names.
> >
> > There are some points that are special in this implementation:
> >
> > 1) The PMU detection relies on PCI device detection. If a
> > matching PCI device is found the PMU is created. The code can deal
> > with multiple units of the same type, e.g. more than one memory
> > controller.
> > Note: There is also a CPUID check to determine the CPU variant,
> > this is needed to support different hardware versions that use
> > the same PCI IDs.
> >
> > 2) Counters are summarized across different units of the same type
> > on one NUMA node.
> > For instance L2C TAD 0..7 are presented as a single counter
> > (adding the values from TAD 0 to 7). Although losing the ability
> > to read a single value the merged values are easier to use.
> Merging within a NUMA node, but no further seems a little arbitrary.
> > 3) NUMA support. The device node id is used to group devices by node
> > so counters on one node can be merged. The NUMA node can be selected
> > via a new sysfs node attribute.
> > Without NUMA support all devices will be on node 0.
> It doesn't seem great that this depends on kernel configuration (which
> is independent of HW configuration). It seems confusing for the user,
> and fragile.
> Do we not have access to another way of grouping cores (e.g. a socket
> ID), that's independent of kernel configuration? That seems to be how
> the x86 uncore PMUs are handled.

I'm not sure how relevant the use case of a multi-node system without
CONFIG_NUMA is, but maybe we can get the socket ID from the
multiprocessor affinity register (MPIDR_EL1)? The AFF2 part (bits 23:16)
should contain the socket number on ThunderX.

Would that be better?


> If we don't have that information, it really feels like we need
> additional info from FW (which would also solve the CPUID issue with
> point 1), or this is likely to be very fragile.