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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] tracing/function-graph-tracer: use the more lightweight local clock
On Thu, Mar 05, 2009 at 12:04:33PM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>
> * Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Impact: decrease hangs risks with the graph tracer on slow systems
> >
> > Since the function graph tracer can spend too much time on
> > timer interrupts, it's better now to use the more lightweight
> > local clock. Anyway, the function graph traces are more
> > reliable on a per cpu trace.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@gmail.com>
> > ---
> > arch/x86/kernel/ftrace.c | 2 +-
> > kernel/trace/trace_functions_graph.c | 2 +-
> > 2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/ftrace.c b/arch/x86/kernel/ftrace.c
> > index 3925ec0..40960c2 100644
> > --- a/arch/x86/kernel/ftrace.c
> > +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/ftrace.c
> > @@ -436,7 +436,7 @@ void prepare_ftrace_return(unsigned long *parent, unsigned long self_addr)
> > return;
> > }
> >
> > - calltime = cpu_clock(raw_smp_processor_id());
> > + calltime = sched_clock();
>
> I changed this to trace_clock_local() :-)
>
> (btw, we should turn trace_clock_local() into an inline
> function)


Ok.

> There will be one problem though: function trace elapsed time
> measurements across idle. Those are not correctly measured by
> the local clock.

Oh, why? If I'm not wrong it uses sched_clock() which uses tsc on x86.
And this register always goes forward at the same rate. Unless some
Cpu decrease their frequency while beeing idle for some time and then
become unreliable?

> Ingo



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