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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/6] hw-breakpoints: Arbitrate access to pmu following registers constraints
On Mon, Nov 09, 2009 at 07:56:21AM +1100, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-11-05 at 21:58 +1100, Paul Mackerras wrote:
> > Frederic Weisbecker writes:
> >
> > > Allow or refuse to build a counter using the breakpoints pmu following
> > > given constraints.
> >
> > As far as I can see, you assume each CPU has HBP_NUM breakpoint
> > registers which are all interchangeable and can all be used either for
> > data breakpoints or instruction breakpoints. Is that accurate?
> >
> > If so, we'll need to extend it a bit for Power since we have some CPUs
> > that have one data breakpoint register and one instruction breakpoint
> > register. In general on powerpc the instruction and data breakpoint
> > facilities are separate, i.e. we have no registers that can be used
> > for either.
> Additionally, we have more fancy facilities that I don't see exposed at
> all through this interface (we are building an ad-hoc ptrace based
> interface today so that gdb can make use of them) and we have one guy
> with crazy constraints that we don't know yet how to deal with:
> Among others features:
> - Pairing of two data or instruction breakpoints to create a ranges
> breakpoint
> - Data value compare option
> - Instruction value compare option

Yeah. The current generic interface is a draft. I'll try to write
something generic enough to fit in every archs needs.
This is needed before we expose its perf interface to userpace

> And now the crazy constraints:
> - On one embedded core at least we have a case where the core has 4
> threads, but the data (4) and instruction (2) breakpoint registers are
> shared. The 'enable' bits are split so a given data breakpoint can be
> enabled only on some HW threads but that's about it.
> I'm not sure if there's a realistic way to handle the later constraint
> though other than just not allowing use of the HW breakpoint function on
> those cores at all.
> Ben.

Yeah this latter one is tricky. Not sure how to handle it either.
How are these hw-threads considered by the kernel core? As different

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