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

From: deepthi
Date: Tue Jun 21 2011 - 12:30:36 EST

On Tuesday 21 June 2011 03:12 AM, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-06-20 at 22:48 +0530, deepthi wrote:
>> 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.
> Please do both.
Yes, I ll do so.

>>> 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.
>> (ref:
> Backward compatible with what ? Userspace ? Do we care in that specific
> case since it's a new feature ?
Going forward, we can just have trace_cpu_idle call and
remove the power_start/end calls.

>>> 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.
>> (ref:
> So do we need to apply this patch at all since the cpuidle stuff is
> happening too ?

Well, not really. This is more for RFC purpose.
I just wanted to share this patch, as we are using it to evaluate
cpu idle on ppc64.

> Cheers,
> Ben.
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