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SubjectRe: [RFC] [PATCH 1/1] perf: add support for arch-dependent symbolic event names to "perf stat"

* Corey Ashford <cjashfor@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:

> On 3/11/2010 4:46 AM, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> [snip]
> >If you want extensible events you can already do it by providing an ftrace
> >tracepoint event via TRACE_EVENT. They are easy to add and ad-hoc, and are
> >supported throughout by perf.
>
> Is TRACE_EVENT an appropriate way to add hardware-specific counter
> events? I will look into this. Thanks for the pointer.
>
> >
> >That could be librarized further by providing an /eventfs or /proc/events
> >interface to enumerate them.
>
> We can enumerate events this way, but there are other aspects to
> events than just their names (see below).
>
> >
> >Or if you want to extend the perf events namespace ABI you can send patches
> >for that as well. (It's not a big issue if a particular event is currently
> >only supported on Power for example - as long as you make a good effort naming
> >and structuring it in a reasonably generic way.)
>
> I'm not sure how that would work. The issue I am trying to solve
> here is that Power arch chips have a large number of very
> hardware-specific events that are not generalizable. Many of these
> events not only have names, but other user-configurable bits as well
> that select or narrow the scope of which exact events are recorded.
> This issue is dealt with nicely in libpfm4, as it has mechanisms for
> parsing event names and attributes (aka modifiers or unit masks),
> and then produces a usable config field for the perf_events_attr
> struct.
>
> Should I take it from the above that you are completely against the
> idea of using an external library for hardware-specific event and
> attribute naming?

Could you give a few relevant examples of events in question, and the kind of
configurability/attributes they have on Power?

Thanks,

Ingo


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