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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/6] tracing, documentation: Add a document describing how to do some performance analysis with tracepoints
On Fri, Aug 07, 2009 at 10:07:07AM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > <SNIP>
> This is a very nice and comprehensive description!

Thanks, you did write a nice chunk of it yourself though :)

> I'm wondering: would you mind if we integrated the analysis ideas
> from your perl script into 'perf trace'? Those kinds of high-level
> counts and summaries are useful not just for MM events.

Of course not. Part of the motivation for doing the perl script was as a
POC for the gathering of high-level events. In the event such sample
scripts work out, it'd justify the greater effort to integrate them into

> Another thing that was raise dbefore is a 'perf mem' special-purpose
> tool to help the analysis of all things memory related: leak
> detection, high level stats, etc. That could have some turn-key
> modes of analysis for the page allocator too.

Again, my vague notion was to prototype such things in perl and then when it
works out to incorporate it in perf if suitable. As high-level gathering of
information is just a state machine, it's conceivable that some of the code
could be auto-generated.

> perf will do a proper format-string evaluation of
> /debug/tracing/events/*/format as well, thus any tweaks to the
> tracepoints get automatically adopted to.

Which would be a major plus.

Mel Gorman
Part-time Phd Student Linux Technology Center
University of Limerick IBM Dublin Software Lab

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