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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] Add walltime support for ring-buffer

On Fri, 24 Jul 2009, Zhaolei wrote:

> Hello, Steven
>
> It is a prototype code to make ftrace display walltime of events.
>
> It need to applys on my patch of:
> [PATCH v3 1/2] Add function to convert between calendar time and broken-down time for universal use
>
> This code can run but need to be fixed, it only for demostrate what is result
> looks like.
>
> I think display walltime is valuable for ftrace, it can provide more
> recognizable information to system manager that he can known "when"
> event happened.
> And it is also helpful for flight-recorder we are doing now, we can get
> walltime of events after panic for analyse.
>
> We can get following result on this patch:
> # cd /mnt/debugfs/tracing/
> # echo sched_switch > current_tracer
> # cat trace
> # tracer: sched_switch
> #
> # TASK-PID CPU# TIMESTAMP FUNCTION
> # | | | | |
> bash-2457 [000] 214.895446: 2457:120:S + [000] 2457:120:S bash
> bash-2457 [000] 214.898298: 2457:120:R + [000] 5:115:S events/0
> bash-2457 [000] 214.898684: 2457:120:R ==> [000] 5:115:R events/0
> events/0-5 [000] 214.899458: 5:115:R + [000] 2455:120:S sshd
> events/0-5 [000] 214.899495: 5:115:S ==> [000] 2455:120:R sshd
> ...
> # echo 1 > options/walltime
> # cat trace
> # tracer: sched_switch
> #
> # TASK-PID CPU# TIMESTAMP FUNCTION
> # | | | | |
> <idle>-0 [000] 2009-07-25 18:01:00.848468: 0:140:R ==> [000] 5:115:R events/0
> events/0-5 [000] 2009-07-25 18:01:00.848523: 5:115:S ==> [000] 0:140:R <idle>
> <idle>-0 [000] 2009-07-25 18:01:01.613479: 0:140:R + [000] 2455:120:S sshd
> <idle>-0 [000] 2009-07-25 18:01:01.613678: 0:140:R ==> [000] 2455:120:R sshd
> sshd-2455 [000] 2009-07-25 18:01:01.614015: 2455:120:S + [000] 2455:120:S sshd
> ...
>
> This patch is prototype because we have following things to do:
> 1: function to get walltime is not near rb_time_stamp()
> So walltime is not absolutely synchronize with trace time.
> But if we place code to get walltime near rb_time_stamp(), it will be called
> on every reserve-event and will make system slow.
> 2: We can't call getnstimeofday() freely in ring-buffer's code, because
> it is possibility already hold xtime_lock. Prototype code used a ugly way
> to get gid of this problem, maybe we need to ftrace_disable_cpu() before
> every write_seqlock() instead.
> 3: People maybe change walltime when tracing, but current ring-buffer page's
> walltime can not reflect this change. We need to add tracepoints to watch
> this change, and add a walltime-change event(already reserved in
> ring-buffer.c) to record this change.
>
> I'll continue to finish remain steps, what is your opinion on it?

Hi Zhaolei,

Could you not just save the wall time in some 64bit format within the
current timestamp? Right now there's three clocks that can be used by
ftrace. Two that you can really get two (I need to add access to the
third). The default clock is sched_clock. But there's an option to get to
global_clock:

debug/tracing/options/global-clock

# echo 1 > /debug/tracing/options/global-clock
Will enable the global clock. Perhaps we can add a "wall clock" version
that will map the timestamps to the wall clock?

I really hate adding any more fields to the ring buffer headers. That
takes away from the amount that you can record per page.

-- Steve



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