Re: [PATCH] perf_events: Enable idle state tracing for pseries (ppc64)

From: deepthi
Date: Mon Jun 20 2011 - 13:19:47 EST

On Friday 17 June 2011 09:54 AM, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-06-01 at 18:05 +0530, Deepthi Dharwar wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Please find below a patch, which has perf_events added for pseries (ppc64)
>> platform in order to emit the trace required for perf timechart.
>> It essentially enables perf timechart for pseries platfrom to analyse
>> power savings events like cpuidle states.
> Unless I'm mistaken, you added traces to dedicated CPU idle sleep but
> not shared processor. Any reason ?
Yes, the traces were added only to dedicated CPU idle sleep and not for
shared processor. This was added only for RFC purpose, and looking for
comments from trace implementation point of view. This can be
easily extended to the latter too.

> Also I don't really know that tracing stuff but what's the point of
> having start/end _and trace_cpu_idle if you're going to always start &
> end around a single occurence of trace_cpu_idle ?
power_start/end are the APIs that were used initially
and they are going to be deprecated in the upcoming kernel releases.
trace_cpu_idle call is going to replace power start/end routines.
To maintain backward compatibility and uniformity, both the routines
have been used.

> Wouldn't there be a way to start/end and then trace the snooze and
> subsequent cede within the same start/end section or that makes no
> sense ?
We wanted to find the residency time of both Snooze as well as cede
separately. Knowing this will help us tweak our cpuidle code. So, both
have been captured separately.

> Also would there be any interest in doing the tracing more generically
> in idle.c ?
Yes, this tracing is already implemented for Intel platform. This would
be a part of cpuidle framework. Going further, once the power cpuidle
framework is ported and ready, we will extend this trace there as well.

> Cheers,
> Ben.
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