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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/3] Basic support for LWP
On Tue, 5 Oct 2010, Hans Rosenfeld wrote:

> [ adding Robert ]
>
> On Mon, Oct 04, 2010 at 06:13:46PM -0400, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > > LWP (Light-Weight Profiling) is a new profiling mechanism that allows
> > > user mode processes to gather performance data about themselves with
> > > very low overhead. The specification can be found here:
> > > http://developer.amd.com/cpu/LWP/Pages/default.aspx
> >
> > All I can see there is marketing blurb. The spec pdf does not tell me
> > either how the end result of your patches will look like.
>
> Well, you should get a basic understanding of how LWP works from the
> spec. I'm pretty sure there is more than that blurb in there.
>
> What I sent _is_ the end result. Supporting LWP in the task switching
> code is the only thing necessary to use the LWP instructions in user
> space. And that is also what I'd like to get some comments on.

So it's the end result. Ok, then explain the following sentence:

> > > This code adds basic support for LWP to the context switch code, which
> > > is the minimum needed to use LWP. Support for other LWP features like
> > > interrupts will be added later.

If your patch _IS_ the end result then there are no other LWP
features, right ?

If there are, then your patch is _NOT_ the end result and we really
want to know what is coming.

Thanks,

tglx


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