[PATCH V3 0/7] perf, x86: Haswell LBR call stack support

From: Yan, Zheng
Date: Sun Feb 24 2013 - 21:02:28 EST

From: "Yan, Zheng" <zheng.z.yan@xxxxxxxxx>

Haswell has a new feature that utilizes the existing Last Branch Record
facility to record call chains. When the feature is enabled, function
call will be collected as normal, but as return instructions are executed
the last captured branch record is popped from the on-chip LBR registers.
The LBR call stack facility can help perf to get call chains of progam
without frame pointer. When perf tool requests PERF_SAMPLE_CALLCHAIN +
PERF_SAMPLE_BRANCH_USER, this feature is dynamically enabled by default.
This feature can be disabled/enabled through an attribute file in the cpu
pmu sysfs directory.

The LBR call stack has following known limitations
1. Zero length calls are not filtered out by hardware
2. Exception handing such as setjmp/longjmp will have calls/returns not
3. Pushing different return address onto the stack will have calls/returns
not match

These patches are based upon Andi's linux-misc hsw/pmu5

Available from
https://github.com/ukernel/linux.git hws/pmu5

Yan, Zheng

Changes since v1
- not expose PERF_SAMPLE_BRANCH_CALL_STACK to user space
- save/restore LBR stack on context switch for all sampling branch modes
- reduce lbr_sel_map size

Changes since v2
- only enable LBR call stack when user requests sampling user callchain
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