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SubjectRe: [PATCH] perf/x86/intel: fix ICL/SPR INST_RETIRED.PREC_DIST encodings
On Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 3:09 AM Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
>
> On Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 05:12:14PM -0700, Stephane Eranian wrote:
> > This patch fixes the encoding for INST_RETIRED.PREC_DIST as published by Intel
> > (download.01.org/perfmon/) for Icelake. The official encoding
> > is event code 0x00 umask 0x1, a change from Skylake where it was code 0xc0
> > umask 0x1.
> >
> > With this patch applied it is possible to run:
> > $ perf record -a -e cpu/event=0x00,umask=0x1/pp .....
> >
> > Whereas before this would fail.
> >
> > To avoid problems with tools which may use the old code, we maintain the old
> > encoding for Icelake.
>
> Uuuuhhhhh.. but we 'stole' event=0x00 for the fake events. There must
> not be actual hardware events there or we're in trouble. I thought Intel
> knew that, I'm sure I told them that.

Yes, this is a pseudo event code. INST_RETIRED.PREC_DIST 0x0100 only
works on fixed counter 0
to deliver the better sample distribution.

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