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SubjectRe: perf complains losting events
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On Wed, 2011-08-03 at 18:28 +0800, Han Pingtian wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I find there is a comment about losting events:
>
> /*
> * The kernel collects the number of events it couldn't send in a stretch and
> * when possible sends this number in a PERF_RECORD_LOST event. The number of
> * such "chunks" of lost events is stored in .nr_events[PERF_EVENT_LOST] while
> * total_lost tells exactly how many events the kernel in fact lost, i.e. it is
> * the sum of all struct lost_event.lost fields reported.
> *
> * The total_period is needed because by default auto-freq is used, so
> * multipling nr_events[PERF_EVENT_SAMPLE] by a frequency isn't possible to get
> * the total number of low level events, it is necessary to to sum all struct
> * sample_event.period and stash the result in total_period.
> */
>
> So my question is, whether the losting of events is a problem?
> I have saw it many times:
>
> [root@hp-dl580g7-01 perf]# ./perf kmem record sleep 1
> [ perf record: Woken up 0 times to write data ]
> [ perf record: Captured and wrote 21.789 MB perf.data (~951977 samples)
> ]
> Processed 0 events and LOST 76148!
>
> Check IO/CPU overload!
>
> [root@hp-dl580g7-01 perf]# ./perf kmem stat
> Processed 0 events and LOST 76148!
>
> Check IO/CPU overload!
>
>
> SUMMARY
> =======
> Total bytes requested: 5725028
> Total bytes allocated: 6291512
> Total bytes wasted on internal fragmentation: 566484
> Internal fragmentation: 9.003941%
> Cross CPU allocations: 28/84295

Just means there's too many event to process, if you run record as a
realtime task its less:

$ perf record -a -r 1 -R -f -c 1 -e kmem:kmalloc -e kmem:kmalloc_node -e
kmem:kfree -e kmem:kmem_cache_alloc -e kmem:kmem_cache_alloc_node -e
kmem:kmem_cache_free -- sleep 2
[ perf record: Woken up 2 times to write data ]
[ perf record: Captured and wrote 3.642 MB perf.data (~159113 samples) ]
Processed 0 events and LOST 7213!

On the question on if its a problem, that very much depends on what you
want to do and what kind of precision you need from you data..

I suspect that once we start writing one file per cpu this again will
improve somewhat. Acme was going to work on that.. dunno what his plans
are.


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