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SubjectRe: [PATCH] perf, x86: Make cycles:p working on SNB
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Hi, Stephane

On Thu, 24 May 2012 09:41:45 +0200, Stephane Eranian wrote:
> On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM, Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> wrote:
>> On Thu, 2012-05-24 at 12:02 +0900, Namhyung Kim wrote:
>>
>>> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c
>>> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c
>>> @@ -1329,6 +1329,12 @@ static int intel_pmu_hw_config(struct perf_event *event)
>>>                */
>>>               u64 alt_config = X86_CONFIG(.event=0xc0, .inv=1, .cmask=16);
>>>
>>> +             /*
>>> +              * SNB introduced INST_RETIRED.PREC_DIST for this purpose.
>>> +              */
>>> +             if (x86_pmu.pebs_constraints == intel_snb_pebs_event_constraints)
>>> +                     alt_config = X86_CONFIG(.event=0xc0, .umask=0x01,
>>> +                                             .inv=1, .cmask=16);
>>>
>>>               alt_config |= (event->hw.config & ~X86_RAW_EVENT_MASK);
>>>               event->hw.config = alt_config;
>>
>> That's rather ugly.. but that's okay, I've actually got the patch for
>> this still laying around, it needs a bit of an update though.
>>
> You cannot simply use PREC_DIST. This umask has some severe
> restriction. When you measure it, NO other event on the the entire PMU
> can be measured at the same time. It needs exclusive mode on SNB.
>

Yeah, I read something like above on the SDM. But just got confused with
this:

$ ./perf stat -e cycles:p,instructions,cache-references,cache-misses noploop 1

Performance counter stats for 'noploop 1':

3,741,658,837 cycles # 0.000 GHz
3,618,983,116 instructions # 0.97 insns per cycle
51,126 cache-references
7,357 cache-misses # 14.390 % of all cache refs

1.000692634 seconds time elapsed


Thanks,
Namhyung
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