Re: [RFC] perf: need to expose sched_clock to correlate user sampleswith kernel samples

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Mon Feb 18 2013 - 15:36:12 EST

On Tue, 5 Feb 2013, John Stultz wrote:
> On 02/05/2013 02:13 PM, Stephane Eranian wrote:
> > But if people are strongly opposed to the clock_gettime() approach, then
> > I can go with the ioctl() because the functionality is definitively needed
> > ASAP.
> I prefer the ioctl method, since its less likely to be re-purposed/misused.

Urgh. No! With a dedicated CLOCK_PERF we might have a decent chance to
put this into a vsyscall. With an ioctl not so much.

> Though I'd be most comfortable with finding some way for perf-timestamps to be
> CLOCK_MONOTONIC based (or maybe CLOCK_MONOTONIC_RAW if it would be easier),
> and just avoid all together adding another time domain that doesn't really
> have clear definition (other then "what perf uses").

What's wrong with that. We already have the infrastructure to create
dynamic time domains which can be completely disconnected from
everything else.

Tracing/perf/instrumentation is a different domain and the main issue
there is performance. So going for a vsyscall enabled clock_gettime()
approach is definitely the best thing to do.


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