Re: [PATCH 3/7] perf: arm64: Use rseq to test userspace access to pmu counters

From: Will Deacon
Date: Tue Jun 25 2019 - 09:41:28 EST

Hi Raphael,

On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 02:29:56PM +0100, Raphael Gault wrote:
> Now that we have a better idea what enabling this feature for heterogeneous
> systems would look like (both with or without using rseqs), it might be
> worth discussing if this is in fact a desirable thing in term of
> performance-complexity trade off.

Agreed; it's one of those things that I think is *definitely* worth
prototyping, but it's not obviously something we should commit to at this

> Indeed, while not as scary as first thought, maybe the rseq method would
> still dissuade users from using this feature. It is also worth noting that
> if we only enable this feature on homogeneous system, the `mrs`
> hook/emulation would not be necessary.
> If because of the complexity of the setup we need to consider whether we
> want to upstream this and have to maintain it afterward.

Given that we don't currently support userspace access to the counters at
all, I think upstreaming support only for homogeneous systems makes sense
initially as long as (a) we fail gracefully on heterogeneous systems and (b)
we don't close the door to using the rseq-based mechanism in future if we
choose to (i.e. it would be nice if this was an extension to the ABI rather
than a break). That also gives us a chance to assess the wider adoption of
rseq before throwing our weight behind it.

Sound reasonable?