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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/6] perf: add reference time event
On 06/17/2011 08:17 AM, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 08:04:59AM -0600, David Ahern wrote:
>>
>>
>> On 06/17/2011 07:32 AM, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jun 07, 2011 at 05:55:46PM -0600, David Ahern wrote:
>>>> For initial perf_clock to time-of-day correlation.
>>>>
>>>> Signed-off-by: David Ahern <dsahern@gmail.com>
>>>> ---
>>>> tools/perf/util/event.c | 1 +
>>>> tools/perf/util/event.h | 8 ++++++++
>>>> tools/perf/util/session.c | 4 ++++
>>>> tools/perf/util/session.h | 3 ++-
>>>> 4 files changed, 15 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
>>>>
>>>> diff --git a/tools/perf/util/event.c b/tools/perf/util/event.c
>>>> index 3c1b8a6..1a89a04 100644
>>>> --- a/tools/perf/util/event.c
>>>> +++ b/tools/perf/util/event.c
>>>> @@ -24,6 +24,7 @@ static const char *perf_event__names[] = {
>>>> [PERF_RECORD_HEADER_TRACING_DATA] = "TRACING_DATA",
>>>> [PERF_RECORD_HEADER_BUILD_ID] = "BUILD_ID",
>>>> [PERF_RECORD_FINISHED_ROUND] = "FINISHED_ROUND",
>>>> + [PERF_RECORD_REFTIME] = "REF_TIME",
>>>> };
>>>>
>>>> const char *perf_event__name(unsigned int id)
>>>> diff --git a/tools/perf/util/event.h b/tools/perf/util/event.h
>>>> index 1d7f664..f481f90 100644
>>>> --- a/tools/perf/util/event.h
>>>> +++ b/tools/perf/util/event.h
>>>> @@ -98,6 +98,7 @@ enum perf_user_event_type { /* above any possible kernel type */
>>>> PERF_RECORD_HEADER_TRACING_DATA = 66,
>>>> PERF_RECORD_HEADER_BUILD_ID = 67,
>>>> PERF_RECORD_FINISHED_ROUND = 68,
>>>> + PERF_RECORD_REFTIME = 69,
>>>
>>> We would like to avoid adding more custom events like these. They were very convenient
>>> but they steal the kernel event type space. They are deemed for removal in the long term.
>>>
>>> Another idea to achieve what you want would be to create a new perf event header feature,
>>> like HEADER_TRACE_INFO or HEADER_BUILD_ID are. Then use that to create a space in the perf
>>> file to save that couple of clocks initial values.
>>
>> you mean like this:
>> https://lkml.org/lkml/2010/12/7/813
>>
>> David
>
> Exactly, why did you change?

Finally getting back to this.

The answer to the 'why' is that putting a reference timestamp in the
header field does not work for file appends across reboots. ie., the case:
perf record --tod ...
reboot
perf record -A --tod ...

perf_clock timestamps change across reboots so the reference time
created by the first invocation is not valid for the append case. The
discussion then drifted towards having a kernel side event which per
past patch sets has its own issues.

So to summarize the options proposed to date and issues with the proposals:
1. reference timestamp in header
- does not work for appends across reboots

2. synthesized events
- preference against them

3. kernel side event
- cannot generate an initial sample (with counter value and
perf_clock timestamp) on demand - e.g., start of session; a proposal to
use an ioctl to add one to the event stream was shot down

At this point the only idea that comes to mind is to use a combination
of 2 and 3: add the kernel side clock event
(https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/2/18/11), read the realtime clock counter,
read the monotonic clock timestamp (ie., perf_clock value), and
synthesize a perf sample that is written to the file. The append case
(with mismatch in --tod options between record invocations) would be
handled by having the kernel side clock event in the event list
(perf_evlist__equal would fail if --tod was not used for all invocations).

David


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