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Subject[PATCH V7 1/1] perf tool:perf diff support for different binaries
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From: Kan Liang <kan.liang@intel.com>

Currently, the perf diff only works with same binaries. That's because
it compares the symbol start address. It doesn't work if the perf.data
comes from different binaries. This patch matches the symbol names.

Actually, perf diff once intended to compare the symbol names.
The commit as below can look for a pair by name.
604c5c92972d (perf diff: Change the default sort order to "dso,symbol")
However, at that time, perf diff used a global list of dsos. That means
the binaries which has same name can only be loaded once. That's a
problem for different binaries compare. For example, we have an old
binary and an updated binary. They very likely have same name and most
of the function, so only dsos from old binary will be loaded. When
processing the data from updated binary, perf still use the symbol
information from old binary. That's wrong.

Then the commit as below used IP to replace symbol name.
9c443dfdd31e ("perf diff: Fix support for all --sort combinations")
From that time, perf diff starts to compare the symbol address.

The global dsos is discarded from a patch in 2010.
a1645ce12adb ("perf: 'perf kvm' tool for monitoring guest performance
from host")
However, at that time, perf diff already compared by address. So perf
diff cannot work for different binaries as well.

This patch actually rolls back the perf diff to original design. The
document is also changed, so everybody knows the original design is to
compare the symbol names.

Here is an examples.
The only difference between example_v1.c and example_v2.c is the
location of f2 and f3. There is no change in behavior, but the previous
perf diff display the wrong differential profile.

example_v1.c
noinline void f3(void)
{
volatile int i;
for (i = 0; i < 10000;) {

if(i%2)
i++;
else
i++;
}
}

noinline void f2(void)
{
volatile int a = 100, b, c;
for (b = 0; b < 10000; b++)
c = a * b;

}

noinline void f1(void)
{
f2();
f3();
}

int main()
{
int i;
for (i = 0; i < 100000; i++)
f1();
}

example_v2.c
noinline void f2(void)
{
volatile int a = 100, b, c;
for (b = 0; b < 10000; b++)
c = a * b;
}

noinline void f3(void)
{
volatile int i;
for (i = 0; i < 10000;) {
if(i%2)
i++;
else
i++;
}
}

noinline void f1(void)
{
f2();
f3();
}

int main()
{
int i;
for (i = 0; i < 100000; i++)
f1();
}

[lk@localhost perf_diff]$ gcc example_v1.c -o example
[lk@localhost perf_diff]$ perf record -o example_v1.data ./example
[ perf record: Woken up 4 times to write data ]
[ perf record: Captured and wrote 0.813 MB example_v1.data (~35522
samples) ]

[lk@localhost perf_diff]$ gcc example_v2.c -o example
[lk@localhost perf_diff]$ perf record -o example_v2.data ./example
[ perf record: Woken up 4 times to write data ]
[ perf record: Captured and wrote 0.824 MB example_v2.data (~36015
samples) ]

Old perf diff result.
[lk@localhost perf_diff]$ perf diff example_v1.data example_v2.data
Event 'cycles'
Baseline Delta Shared Object Symbol
........ ....... ................ ...............................

[kernel.vmlinux] [k] __perf_event_task_sched_out
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] apic_timer_interrupt
[kernel.vmlinux] [k] idle_cpu
[kernel.vmlinux] [k] intel_pstate_timer_func
[kernel.vmlinux] [k] native_read_msr_safe
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] native_read_tsc
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] native_write_msr_safe
[kernel.vmlinux] [k] ntp_tick_length
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] rb_erase
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] tick_sched_timer
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] unmap_single_vma
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] update_wall_time
0.00% example [.] f1
46.24% example [.] f2
53.71% -7.55% example [.] f3
+53.81% example [.] f3
0.02% example [.] main

New perf diff result.
[lk@localhost perf_diff]$ perf diff example_v1.data example_v2.data
[kernel.vmlinux] [k] __perf_event_task_sched_out
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] apic_timer_interrupt
[kernel.vmlinux] [k] idle_cpu
[kernel.vmlinux] [k] intel_pstate_timer_func
[kernel.vmlinux] [k] native_read_msr_safe
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] native_read_tsc
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] native_write_msr_safe
[kernel.vmlinux] [k] ntp_tick_length
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] rb_erase
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] tick_sched_timer
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] unmap_single_vma
0.00% [kernel.vmlinux] [k] update_wall_time
0.00% example [.] f1
46.24% -0.08% example [.] f2
53.71% +0.11% example [.] f3
0.02% example [.] main

Signed-off-by: Kan Liang <kan.liang@intel.com>
Acked-by: Namhyung Kim <namhyung@kernel.org>
Acked-by: Jiri Olsa <jolsa@kernel.org>

---

Changes since V4:
- Seperate from old patch set
- Add an example in changelog
- Update man page

Changes since V5:
- Correct patch style

Changes since V6:
- Update description

tools/perf/Documentation/perf-diff.txt | 5 +++++
tools/perf/util/sort.c | 9 +++++++++
2 files changed, 14 insertions(+)

diff --git a/tools/perf/Documentation/perf-diff.txt b/tools/perf/Documentation/perf-diff.txt
index e463caa..5182661 100644
--- a/tools/perf/Documentation/perf-diff.txt
+++ b/tools/perf/Documentation/perf-diff.txt
@@ -20,6 +20,11 @@ If no parameters are passed it will assume perf.data.old and perf.data.
The differential profile is displayed only for events matching both
specified perf.data files.

+If no parameters are passed the samples will be sorted by dso and symbol.
+As the perf.data files could come from different binaries, the symbols addresses
+could vary. So perf diff is based on the comparison of the files and
+symbols name.
+
OPTIONS
-------
-D::
diff --git a/tools/perf/util/sort.c b/tools/perf/util/sort.c
index 7a39c1e..4593f36 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/sort.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/sort.c
@@ -1463,6 +1463,15 @@ int sort_dimension__add(const char *tok)
sort__has_parent = 1;
} else if (sd->entry == &sort_sym) {
sort__has_sym = 1;
+ /*
+ * perf diff displays the performance difference amongst
+ * two or more perf.data files. Those files could come
+ * from different binaries. So we should not compare
+ * their ips, but the name of symbol.
+ */
+ if (sort__mode == SORT_MODE__DIFF)
+ sd->entry->se_collapse = sort__sym_sort;
+
} else if (sd->entry == &sort_dso) {
sort__has_dso = 1;
}
--
1.7.11.7


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