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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drivers/perf: arm_pmu: save/restore cpu cycle counter in cpu_pm_pmu_notify
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Hi Mark

Thanks for your review.


On 11/20/2017 8:32 PM, Mark Rutland Wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 06:27:28AM +0000, Jia He wrote:
>> Sometimes userspace need a high resolution cycle counter by reading
>> pmccntr_el0.
>>
>> In commit da4e4f18afe0 ("drivers/perf: arm_pmu: implement CPU_PM
>> notifier"), it resets all the counters even when the pmcr_el0.E and
>> pmcntenset_el0.C are both 1 . That is incorrect.
> I appreciate that you may wish to make use of the cycle counter from
> userspace, but this is the intended behaviour kernel-side. Direct
> userspace counter acceess is not supported.
Sorry for my previous description. Not only user space, but also any
pmccntr_el0 reading
in kernel space is 0 except perf infrastructure.

>
> In power states where context is lost, any perf events are
> saved/restored by cpu_pm_pmu_setup(). So we certainly shouldn't be
> modifying the counter registers in any other PM code.
>
> We *could* expose counters to userspace on homogeneous systems, so long
> as users stuck to the usual perf data page interface. However, this
> comes with a number of subtle problems, and no-one's done the work to
> enable this.
>
> Even then, perf may modify counters at any point in time, and
> monotonicity (and/or presence) of counters is not guaranteed.

Yes, the cycle counter register pmccntr_el0 will be impacted by perf
usage.But do you think
pmccntr_el0 is intented for perf only? Currently, many user space/kernel
space programs will use
pmccntr_el0 as a timestamp( just likethe rdtsc() on X86). After commit
da4e4f18afe0, all the cycle counter readingis 0 because of CPU PM
enter/exit state changes in armv8pmu_reset.

--
Cheers,
Jia

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