Re: [PATCH v3 00/10] x86: ORC unwinder (previously undwarf)

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Thu Jul 13 2017 - 00:15:44 EST

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 05:03:00AM +0200, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> On Wed, 2017-07-12 at 15:30 -0700, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > >
> > > The ORC data format does have a few downsides compared to DWARF. The
> > > ORC unwind tables take up ~1MB more memory than DWARF eh_frame tables.
> > >
> > Can we have an option to just use dwarf instead? For people
> > who don't want to waste a MB+ to solve a problem that doesn't
> > exist (as proven by many years of opensuse kernel experience)
> Sure the dwarf unwinder works well for crashes, but at the price of
> demolishing ftrace/perf utility.

You mean the unwind performance?

That's a valid concern, but neither ORC nor dwarf are likely
to address it. However most usages of ftrace/perf shouldn't be that
depending on unwind performance -- just lower the frequency of your

The only possible win is if the win from not using FP code is
significant enough. On the x86 side the only modern CPUs that should really
care about this are Atoms.