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SubjectRE: [RFC][PATCH 2/6] perf, arch: Rework perf_event_index()
Currently the clock_gettime() is usually used for the in-app profiling.
It usually creates a lot of redundant work and may even change the profiling results (if you _are_ CPU-bounded already).
So it will be significant leap ahead.

-----Original Message-----
From: Will Deacon [mailto:will.deacon@arm.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 3:52 PM
To: Oleg Strikov
Cc: Peter Zijlstra; mingo@elte.hu; William Cohen; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; Michael Cree; Deng-Cheng Zhu; Anton Blanchard; Eric B Munson; Heiko Carstens; Paul Mundt; David S. Miller; Richard Kuo; Stephane Eranian; Arun Sharma; Vince Weaver
Subject: Re: [RFC][PATCH 2/6] perf, arch: Rework perf_event_index()
On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 11:49:41AM +0000, Oleg Strikov wrote:
> > The user-readable clock will first appear in Cortex-A15, so the code for that still needs to hit mainline before I can look at doing this in perf.
> This could be very useful. I think that the cycles counter covers the 90% of all the in-app profiler needs.

Well, it's slightly different to the cycle counter in that it will continue to count when the core is idle. The PMU cycle counter may stop when you issue a WFI. The frequency of the clock is also unlikely to be the same as the CPU clock.

Will


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