Re: [PATCH 1/7] perf: introduce raw_type attribute to specify the type of a raw sample

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Thu May 20 2010 - 05:24:14 EST

On Thu, 2010-05-20 at 10:10 +0200, Stephane Eranian wrote:
> I still don't understand why you need all of this to encode IBS.
> I still believe that with attr.config there is plenty of bits to choose
> from. I do understand the need for PERF_SAMPLE_RAW. I think
> there is no other way.
> You simply need to pick an encoding to mark the config as IBS. You
> need two bits for this: 00 regular counters, 01 IBS Fetch, 10 IBS op.
> Regular counters use 43 bits, IBS fetch uses 58, IBS op uses 52.
> So you could use bits 62-63 for instance. You don't need to encode
> the sampling period in attr.config for either IBS. You can use
> attr.sample_period, so you free up 16 bits.
> I understand that IBS may evolve and thus may use more bits. But
> you still have at least 16 bits of margin.
> Users and tools would rely on an library to provide the event encoding.
> No need to come up with some raw hex number on the cmdline.

No need for any of that afaict, how about:

For Instruction-Fetch:

0:15 sample-period (r/w)
16:31 cnt (r/w)
32:47 latency (r/w)
48 enable (r/w)
49 valid (r/w)
50:56 (ro)
57 randomized (r/w)

For Instruction-Execution:

0:15 sample-period (r/w)
17 enable (r/w)
18 valid (r/w)

So if we add perf_event_attr::latency (can also be used for
PEBS-load-latency, can Sparc/PowerPC/ARM/SH use this too?), we can
encode these IBS things as:

0x87 Instruction Fetch Stall -- Ins-Fetch
0xC0 Retired Instructions -- Ins-Exec

When we set perf_event_attr::precise > 0

The Ins-Exec will have to re-construct the actual event->count by adding
sample-period on each interrupt, as it seems we lack an actual counter
in hardware.

Furthermore, these counters will have to deal with sample-period > 2^16
by 'ignoring' interrupts until we get ->period_left down to 0.

The extra data could possibly be exposed through attaching non-sampling
group events and using SAMPLE_READ, like L1-misses, although
reconstructing the count from just one bit seems 'interesting'.

The IbsFetchLinAd/IbsOpRip would go straight into PERF_SAMPLE_IP by
replacing pt_regs->ip I guess.

IbsDcLinAd goes into PERF_SAMPLE_ADDR

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