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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/7] perf, x86: Implement IBS interrupt handler
On Fri, Aug 05, 2011 at 11:55:19AM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > I tried looking into but everytime I applied workarounds for Intel
> > errata I wound up with more unknown NMIs and proving that a couple
> > of them worked (with trace_printks) seemed elusive. I got
> > frustrated and left it alone.
> >
> > But yeah, Intel's perf has so many errata that I think if you kick
> > the box while running perf you can generate an unknown NMI.
>
> Hence the only sane approach is to just tolerate spurious NMIs and
> only annoy the user with them if there's *way* too many of them or
> so.

That may work if we can determine if the user is running perf or not. But
on older systems (like pre-Nehalem), sometimes the only way a system can
signal a platform error is through a single unknown NMI. I would be
afraid we might lose one of those if we 'tolerate' unknown NMIs.

So far I have only noticed perf generating 'unknown NMIs' on high volume
usage (like multiple counters). For the casual user it has been ok so
far.

Cheers,
Don


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