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SubjectRe: [PATCH -v2] perf, x86: try to handle unknown nmis with running perfctrs
On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 07:16:10PM +0200, Robert Richter wrote:
> On 16.08.10 12:27:06, Cyrill Gorcunov wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 04:48:36PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > I liked the one without funny timestamps in better, the whole timestamps
> > > thing just feels too fragile.
> > >
> >
> > Me too, the former Roberts patch (if I'm not missing something) looks good
> > to me.
> >
> > >
> > > Relying on handled > 1 to arm the back-to-back filter seems doable.
>

I suspect Peter was supposed to be in To: field ;)

> Peter, I will rip out the timestamp code from the -v2 patch. My first
> patch does not deal with a 2-1-0 sequence, so it has false positives.
> We do not necessarily need the timestamps if back-to-back nmis are
> rare. Without using timestamps the statistically lost ratio for
> unknown nmis will be as the ratio for back-to-back nmis, with
> timestamps we could catch almost every unknown nmi. So if we encounter
> problems we could still implement timestamp code on top.
>
> > It's doable _but_ I think there is nothing we can do, there is no
> > way (at least I known of) to check if there is latched nmi from
> > perf counters. We only can assume that if there multiple counters
> > overflowed most probably the next unknown nmi has the same nature,
> > ie it came from perf.
>
> As said, I think with timestamps we could be able to detect 100% of
> the unknown nmis. I guess we get now more than 90% with mutliple
> counters, and 100% with a single counter running. So, this is already
> more than a simple improvement.

Robert, I think we still may miss unknown irq, consider the case when
unknown nmi is latched while you handle nmi from perf and what is
more interesting several counters may be overflowed. So you set
delta small enough and second (unknown nmi) will be in range and
treated as being perf back-to-back, or I miss something from patch?

>
> > Yes, we can loose real unknown nmi in this
> > case but I think this is justified trade off. If an user need
> > a precise counting of unknown nmis he should not arm perf events
> > at all, if there an user with nmi button (guys where did you get this
> > magic buttuns? i need one ;) he better to not arm perf events too
> > otherwise he might have to click twice
> >
> > (and of course we should keep in mind Andi's proposal but it
> > is a next step I think).
>
> Yes, this patch is the first step, now we can change the nmi handler
> priority. The perf handler must not have the lowest priority anymore.
>
> > > (Also, you didn't deal with the TSC going backwards..)
>
> Does this also happen in the case of a back-to-back nmi? I don't know
> the conditions for a backward running TSC. Maybe, if an nmi is
> retriggered the TSC wont be adjusted by a negative offset, I don't
> know...

I never heard of backward running tsc, though tsc is a strange beast.

>
> -Robert
>
> --
> Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
> Operating System Research Center
>
-- Cyrill


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