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SubjectRe: [PATCH -v3] perf, x86: try to handle unknown nmis with running perfctrs
On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 10:10:38AM +0200, Robert Richter wrote:
> On 26.08.10 17:14:24, Don Zickus wrote:
> > diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c
> > index 4539b4b..d16ebd8 100644
> > --- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c
> > +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c
> > @@ -738,6 +738,7 @@ again:
> >
> > inc_irq_stat(apic_perf_irqs);
> > ack = status;
> > + intel_pmu_ack_status(ack);
>
> I would slightly change the patch:
>
> There is no need for the ack variable anymore, you could directly work
> with the status.
>
> I would call intel_pmu_ack_status() as close as possible after the
> intel_pmu_get_status(), which is after 'again:'.

Yeah, I can do that. The other patch was just a proof of concept to see
what others thought.

What is funny is that this problem was masked by the
perf_event_nmi_handler swallowing all the nmis. I wonder if we were
losing events as a result of this bug too because if you think about it,
we processed the first event, a second event came in and we accidentally
ack'd it, thus dropping it on the floor. Now I wonder how the event was
ever reloaded, unless it was by accident because of how the scheduler
deals with perf counters (perf_start/stop all the time).

Cheers,
Don


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