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SubjectRE: perf_counter Atom patch
> From: stephane eranian [mailto:eranian@googlemail.com] 
>
> I would like to better understand what makes you think
> this is the case.
>

Because I observed that the output of 'perf stat -e 0:0 -e 0:1 -e 0:6 <cmd>'
is always like below without the quirk.

Performance counter stats for '<cmd>':

0 cycles
0 instructions
0 bus-cycles

> Perfmon is working on Atom and there, fixed counters work perfectly:
> $ head -6 /proc/cpuinfo
> processor : 0
> vendor_id : GenuineIntel
> cpu family : 6
> model : 28
> model name : Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU 230 @ 1.60GHz
> stepping : 2
> ...

My cpuinfo is below and the only difference I can see is 270 vs 230.

processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 28
model name : Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz
stepping : 2

> $ pfmon -v --us-c -e
> unhalted_core_cycles,unhalted_reference_cycles,instructions_retired
> noploop 10
> [FIXED_CTRL(pmc16)=0xaaa pmi0=1 en0=0x2 any0=0 pmi1=1 en1=0x2 any1=0
> pmi2=1 en2=0x2 any2=0] INSTRUCTIONS_RETIRED UNHALTED_CORE_CYCLES
> UNHALTED_REFERENCE_CYCLES
> [FIXED_CTR0(pmd16)]
> [FIXED_CTR1(pmd17)]
> [FIXED_CTR2(pmd18)]
> noploop for 10 seconds
> 15,902,604,169 UNHALTED_CORE_CYCLES
> 15,902,586,180 UNHALTED_REFERENCE_CYCLES
> 7,941,842,505 INSTRUCTIONS_RETIRED
>

Could you pls try to revert my patch, run 'perf stat -e 0:0 -e 0:1 -e 0:6 <cmd>' and see
whether the counters count or not? I tried pfmon on my atom box but it always runs into
segfault. If the fixed counters work for you, I will ask Atom hw foks here in Intel why this
is the case and revise the code accordingly.

>
> I seem to recall that what may be bogus on Atom is what is returned by
> CPUID(0xa)
> for the fixed counters. But they are there and they work. Thus, I
> believe, the quirk
> should be at the location where CPUID(0xa) is invoked not
> where you've put it.
>

The return value of CPUID(0xa) is indeed bogus, too and there is another quirk for that in
intel_pmu_init() in arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_counter.c

x86_pmu.num_counters_fixed = max((int)edx.split.num_counters_fixed, 3);

Is this what you were talking about?

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