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SubjectRe: perf with precise attribute kills all KVM based VMs
On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 09:20:53AM -0600, David Ahern wrote:
> On 7/11/12 10:29 PM, Gleb Natapov wrote:
> >On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 10:11:57PM -0600, David Ahern wrote:
> >>On 7/11/12 3:53 AM, Gleb Natapov wrote:
> >>>On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 11:49:47AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> >>>>On Wed, 2012-07-11 at 10:10 +0300, Gleb Natapov wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>>Looks like Avi is right about the overshoot. Can you test something like this?
> >>>>>
> >>>>>diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c
> >>>>>index 166546e..5fb371a 100644
> >>>>>--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c
> >>>>>+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event_intel.c
> >>>>>@@ -1374,8 +1374,11 @@ static struct perf_guest_switch_msr *intel_guest_get_msrs(int *nr)
> >>>>> arr[0].msr = MSR_CORE_PERF_GLOBAL_CTRL;
> >>>>> arr[0].host = x86_pmu.intel_ctrl & ~cpuc->intel_ctrl_guest_mask;
> >>>>> arr[0].guest = x86_pmu.intel_ctrl & ~cpuc->intel_ctrl_host_mask;
> >>>>>+ arr[1].msr = MSR_IA32_PEBS_ENABLE;
> >>>>>+ arr[1].host = cpuc->pebs_enabled;
> >>>>>+ arr[1].guest = 0;
> >>>>>+ *nr = 2;
> >>>>>
> >>>>>- *nr = 1;
> >>>>> return arr;
> >>>>> }
> >>>>
> >>
> >>So far the 64-bit Fedora 10 VM with both a Fedora 10 stock kernel
> >>and a 2.6.38 kernel have not faired well - and that's the only VM I
> >>have tried at the moment. Using -e cycles:pp I have been able to
> >>lock up the VM 3 times out of 3 series of tests with perf-kvm that
> >>includes network traffic (e.g., netperf), disk I/O (dd based to
> >>create a file with dsync flag) and pure userspace cpu bound (openssl
> >>speed). May or may not be related.
> >>
> >OK that's may be BTSes. What about -e cycles:p? BTW are you using your
> >patch to set exclude_guest parameter? If not use -e cycles:Hp.
>
> I started with cycles:pp; should not really matter - they all need
> to work without blowing up VMs (cycles:p, cycles:pH, cycles:pG,
> cycles:pp, cycles:ppH, cycles:ppG).
cycles:ppG and cycles:pG should be illegal. Peter's patch takes care of
this. Others should set exclude guest and have to work without blowing
up VMs.

>
> For grins I ran a quick test while reading emails this morning. This
> time a fedora 17 VM with 3.4.0-1.fc17.x86_64 kernel. It too locks up
> pretty quickly - just a couple of iterations of perf:
>
> perf kvm --guestmount=/tmp/guest-mount record -fo /tmp/perf.data -a
> -v -e cycles:pH -- sleep 60
Do not run perf kvm. It does not set exclude_guest and :p and :pp is not
compatible with guest profiling and should be disallowed. Again Peter's
patch takes care of this.

Run perf top -e cycles:pH or similar.

>
> Note the :pH this time.
I am not sure what perf kvm does with :pH modifier, but H modifier does
not make sense with perf kvm and should be reported as an error by perf tool.

>
> I did not have netserver installed in the VM so used a ping flood
> for network traffic.
>
> >
> >>Also, I noted that 'perf kvm --guest record -e cycles:pp' does not
> >>generate a whole lot of samples -- like < 100 in a 20-second sample
> >>-- despite the fact that the guest is rather busy.
> >>
> >Host events do not suppose to generate events while guest is running.
>
> My server has 16 cpus and the VM has only 2 vcpus; with the -a I
> would expect some host sampling. Note: in the above case :pp resets
> the exclude-host modifier set by the perf-kvm part, so hosts samples
> are not excluded. See parse_events_modifier().
Isn't this a bug? Why anything at all resets exclude-host set by
perf-kvm?


>
> So, is the idea of your patch to not enable the PEBS in guest mode?
>
Yes, the idea of my patch is to disable PEBS and the guest entry.

--
Gleb.


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