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Subjectperf: counter and event question
hi all,

trying to use the perf subsystem, i am a bit confused by the terms
`performance counter' and `performance event'.

i am trying to compare `counting' counters with `sampling' counters. as
a test case, i am counting PERF_COUNT_HW_INSTRUCTIONS of the same code
piece with both approaches. the sampling counters are sampled with a
period of 1. the code is really trivial [1].

the `counting' counters report numbers of about 9000 instructions, but
the mmap buffer only seems to contain about 100 to 200 event samples.
from my (limited) understanding, these number should at least be
similar, so i am a bit confused to see such a big difference. am i
missing something, like it is impossible to sample instructions with a
period of 1? or could there be an issue with my code?

thanks, tim



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