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SubjectRe: [Perfctr-devel] [patch] Performance Counters for Linux, v4
Andi Kleen, le Wed 17 Dec 2008 02:51:54 +0100, a écrit :
> William Cohen <wcohen@redhat.com> writes:
> > PERF_COUNT_CACHE_REFERENCES and PERF_COUNT_CACHE_MISSES are not single
> > monolitic events on many processors. There are multiple cache
> > levels. The L1 cache most processors have separate instruction and
> > data caches and require multiple counters to implement. Would these
> > refer to the last level of cache before memory and just be used to
> > compute the hit/miss rate for that last level? Some processors in the
> > same family have L2 and some processors have L3 cache. The setup code
> > would need to distinguish between these processor variants.
>
> The difference between L1 and L3 caches can be huge (in some cases
> two orders of magnitude). With that I'm not sure a single cache
> miss/hit event even makes any sense.

Confirmed. I have a code for which I'd like to know whether it fits
into at least L2 or even L1.

Samuel
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