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SubjectRe: [Cbe-oss-dev] powerpc/cell/oprofile: fix mutex locking for spu-oprofile
On Monday 25 August 2008, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Monday 25 August 2008, Paul Mackerras wrote:
> >
> > > Since rc4 is out now, I understand if you feel more comfortable with
> > > putting the patch into -next instead of -merge.
> >
> > Linus has been getting stricter about only putting in fixes for
> > regressions and serious bugs (see his recent email to Dave Airlie on
> > LKML for instance).  I assume that the corruption is just in the data
> > that is supplied to userspace and doesn't extend to any kernel data
> > structures.
> That's right, please queue it for -next then.

I just realized that this patch never made it into powerpc-next after
all, neither benh nor paulus version. Whoever is handling it today,
could you please pull merge

to get this commit below. I have rebased it on top of the current
benh/powerpc/next branch.


Arnd <><


commit aa5810fa545515c9f383e3e649bd120bef9c7f29
Author: Carl Love <>
Date: Fri Aug 8 15:38:36 2008 -0700

powerpc/cell/oprofile: fix mutex locking for spu-oprofile

The issue is the SPU code is not holding the kernel mutex lock while
adding samples to the kernel buffer.

This patch creates per SPU buffers to hold the data. Data
is added to the buffers from in interrupt context. The data
is periodically pushed to the kernel buffer via a new Oprofile
function oprofile_put_buff(). The oprofile_put_buff() function
is called via a work queue enabling the funtion to acquire the
mutex lock.

The existing user controls for adjusting the per CPU buffer
size is used to control the size of the per SPU buffers.
Similarly, overflows of the SPU buffers are reported by
incrementing the per CPU buffer stats. This eliminates the
need to have architecture specific controls for the per SPU
buffers which is not acceptable to the OProfile user tool

The export of the oprofile add_event_entry() is removed as it
is no longer needed given this patch.

Note, this patch has not addressed the issue of indexing arrays
by the spu number. This still needs to be fixed as the spu
numbering is not guarenteed to be 0 to max_num_spus-1.

Signed-off-by: Carl Love <>
Signed-off-by: Maynard Johnson <>
Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <>
Acked-by: Acked-by: Robert Richter <>

arch/powerpc/oprofile/cell/pr_util.h | 13 +
arch/powerpc/oprofile/cell/spu_profiler.c | 4
arch/powerpc/oprofile/cell/spu_task_sync.c | 236 ++++++++++++++++++++++++---
drivers/oprofile/buffer_sync.c | 24 ++
drivers/oprofile/cpu_buffer.c | 15 +
drivers/oprofile/event_buffer.c | 2
drivers/oprofile/event_buffer.h | 7
include/linux/oprofile.h | 16 +
drivers/oprofile/cpu_buffer.c | 4
9 files changed, 284 insertions(+), 37 deletions(-)
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