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SubjectRe: [PATCH] perf arm-spe: Fix incorrect sample timestamp in perf script
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Hello Leo,

On 2021/6/28 15:29, Leo Yan wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 02:30:56PM +0800, Yang Jihong wrote:
>> Hello Leo,
>>
>> On 2021/6/28 12:07, Leo Yan wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 11:45:07AM +0800, Yang Jihong wrote:
>>>
>>> [...]
>>>
>>>> The timestamp does not match. Each timestamp has a difference of
>>>> 213.98296702 seconds. Is the command I executed wrong?
>>>
>>> I don't understand what's your meaning "a difference of 213.98296702
>>> seconds".
>>>
>>> But let me give an explaination with your below examples. You could
>>> the command "perf script" outputs the timestamp 314938.859071370 which
>>> is the kernel's timestamp, if using the command "perf script -D", it
>>> outputs the value 31515284203839 which is the Arch timer's raw counter
>>> value.
>>>
>>> In theory, the arch timer's counter is enabled at the very early
>>> time before kernel's booting (e.g. bootloaders, UEFI, etc...). So for
>>> the kernel's timestamp, it should calibrate the timestamp and reduce
>>> the offset prior to the kernel's booting. I think this is the reason
>>> why you observed 213.98296702 seconds difference (if compared with
>>> your own patch?)
>>>
>>> If still see any issue, please let me know. Thanks a lot for the
>>> testing!
>>>
>> Thanks for the very detailed explanation.
>> To keep the correct relative time sequence between events in SPE and other
>> events, we should use kernel timestamp instead of arch time. Therefore, we
>> need to calibrate the time. Is this correct?
>
> Yes, correct!
I see. Thank you for your answer.:)

Jihong
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