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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/2] x86/perf/amd: Resolve NMI latency issues when multiple PMCs are active
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On 3/15/19 10:11 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 02:44:32PM +0000, Lendacky, Thomas wrote:
>
>>>> @@ -689,6 +731,7 @@ static __initconst const struct x86_pmu amd_pmu = {
>>>>
>>>> .amd_nb_constraints = 1,
>>>> .wait_on_overflow = amd_pmu_wait_on_overflow,
>>>> + .mitigate_nmi_latency = amd_pmu_mitigate_nmi_latency,
>>>> };
>>>
>>> Again, you could just do amd_pmu_handle_irq() and avoid an extra
>>> callback.
>>
>> This is where there would be a bunch of code duplication where I thought
>> adding the callback at the end would be better. But if it's best to add
>> an AMD handle_irq callback I can do that. I'm easy, let me know if you'd
>> prefer that.
>
> Hmm, the thing that avoids you directly using x86_pmu_handle_irq() is
> that added active count, but is that not the same as the POPCNT of
> cpuc->active_mask?
>
> Is the latency of POPCNT so bad that we need avoid it?
>
> That is, I was thinking of something like:
>
> int amd_pmu_handle_irq(struct pt_regs *regs)
> {
> struct cpu_hw_events *cpuc = this_cpu_ptr(&cpu_hw_events);
> int active = hweight_long(cpuc->active_mask);
> int handled = x86_pmu_handle_irq(regs);

Yup, I had a total brain lapse there of just calling x86_pmu_handle_irq()
from the new routine.

>
> + if (active <= 1) {
> this_cpu_write(perf_nmi_counter, 0);
> + return handled;
> }
> +
> + /*
> + * If a counter was handled, record the number of possible remaining
> + * NMIs that can occur.
> + */
> + if (handled) {
> + this_cpu_write(perf_nmi_counter,
> + min_t(unsigned int, 2, active - 1));
> +
> + return handled;
> + }
> +
> + if (!this_cpu_read(perf_nmi_counter))
> + return NMI_DONE;
> +
> + this_cpu_dec(perf_nmi_counter);
> +
> + return NMI_HANDLED;
> }
>
>>> Anyway, we already had code to deal with spurious NMIs from AMD; see
>>> commit:
>>>
>>> 63e6be6d98e1 ("perf, x86: Catch spurious interrupts after disabling counters")
>>>
>>> And that looks to be doing something very much the same. Why then do you
>>> still need this on top?
>>
>> This can happen while perf is handling normal counter overflow as opposed
>> to covering the disabling of the counter case. When multiple counters
>> overflow at roughly the same time, but the NMI doesn't arrive in time to
>> get collapsed into a pending NMI, the back-to-back support in
>> do_default_nmi() doesn't kick in.
>>
>> Hmmm... I wonder if the wait on overflow in the disable_all() function
>> would eliminate the need for 63e6be6d98e1. That would take a more testing
>> on some older hardware to verify. That's something I can look into
>> separate from this series.
>
> Yes please, or at least better document the reason for their separate
> existence. It's all turning into a bit of magic it seems.

Ok, I'll update the commit message with a bit more info and add to the
comment of the new AMD handle_irq function.

Thanks,
Tom

>
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