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SubjectRe: [PATCH] perf_events: improve x86 event scheduling
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On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 5:29 PM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-01-13 at 10:54 +0100, Stephane Eranian wrote:
>
>> > One concern I do have is the loss of error checking on
>> > event_sched_in()'s event->pmu->enable(), that could be another
>> > 'hardware' PMU like breakpoints, in which case it could fail.
>> >
>> Well, x86_pmu_enable() does return an error code, so it is up
>> to the upper layer to handle the error gracefully and in particular
>> in perf_ctx_adjust_freq().
>
>> +static void event_sched_in(struct perf_event *event, int cpu)
>> +{
>> +       event->state = PERF_EVENT_STATE_ACTIVE;
>> +       event->oncpu = cpu;
>> +       event->tstamp_running += event->ctx->time - event->tstamp_stopped;
>> +       if (is_software_event(event))
>> +               event->pmu->enable(event);
>> +}
>> +
>> +/*
>> + * Called to enable a whole group of events.
>> + * Returns 1 if the group was enabled, or -EAGAIN if it could not be.
>> + * Assumes the caller has disabled interrupts and has
>> + * frozen the PMU with hw_perf_save_disable.
>> + *
>> + * called with PMU disabled. If successful and return value 1,
>> + * then guaranteed to call perf_enable() and hw_perf_enable()
>> + */
>> +int hw_perf_group_sched_in(struct perf_event *leader,
>> +              struct perf_cpu_context *cpuctx,
>> +              struct perf_event_context *ctx, int cpu)
>> +{
>> +       struct cpu_hw_events *cpuc = &per_cpu(cpu_hw_events, cpu);
>> +       struct perf_event *sub;
>> +       int assign[X86_PMC_IDX_MAX];
>> +       int n, n0, ret;
>> +
>> +       n0 = cpuc->n_events;
>> +
>> +       n = collect_events(cpuc, leader, true);
>> +       if (n < 0)
>> +               return n;
>> +
>> +       ret = x86_schedule_events(cpuc, n, assign);
>> +       if (ret)
>> +               return ret;
>> +
>> +       /*
>> +        * copy new assignment, now we know it is possible
>> +        * will be used by hw_perf_enable()
>> +        */
>> +       memcpy(cpuc->assign, assign, n*sizeof(int));
>> +
>> +       cpuc->n_events = n;
>> +       cpuc->n_added  = n - n0;
>> +
>> +       n = 1;
>> +       event_sched_in(leader, cpu);
>> +       list_for_each_entry(sub, &leader->sibling_list, group_entry) {
>> +               if (sub->state != PERF_EVENT_STATE_OFF) {
>> +                       event_sched_in(sub, cpu);
>> +                       ++n;
>> +               }
>> +       }
>> +       ctx->nr_active += n;
>> +
>> +       /*
>> +        * 1 means successful and events are active
>> +        * This is not quite true because we defer
>> +        * actual activation until hw_perf_enable() but
>> +        * this way we* ensure caller won't try to enable
>> +        * individual events
>> +        */
>> +       return 1;
>> +}
>
> That most certainly looses error codes for all !is_x86_event() events in
> the group.
>
> So you either need to deal with that event_sched_in() failing, or
> guarantee that it always succeeds (forcing software events only for
> example).
>
True, but that one can be fixed because it is only called from
hw_perf_group_sched_in() which returns an error code.

The same code would have to be fixed on PPC as well.

>



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