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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/5] perf jevents: add support for arch recommended events
On 02/01/2018 17:48, Andi Kleen wrote:
>> Can you describe how you autogenerate the JSONs? Do you have some internal
>> proprietary HW file format describing events, with files supplied from HW
>> designer, which you can just translate into a JSON? Would the files support
>> deferencing events to improve scalability?
> For Intel JSON is an official format, which is maintained for each CPU.
> It is automatically generated from an internal database
> I have some python scripts to convert these Intel JSONs into the perf
> format (which has some additional headers, and is split into
> different categories, and add metrics).

OK, understood.

Unfortunately I could not see such a database being maintained for ARM

> They have some Intel specifics, so may not be useful for you.
> There's no support for dereference, each CPU gets its own unique file.


> But you could do the a merge simply with the attached script which merges
> two JSON files.

I assume that you're talking about simply merging the micro architecture
and the platform specific event JSONS at build time.

If yes, this would not work for us:
- the microarchitecture JSON would contain definitions of all events,
but there is no architectural method to check if they are implemented
- we need to deal with scenario of non-standard event implementations

But I could update the script to deal with this and add to the build
(Jirka looked to be ok with the same in jevents, albeit a few caveats).

All the best,

> -Andi

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