[PATCH V2 01/10] ARM: PMU: Add runtime PM Support

Will Deacon will.deacon at arm.com
Tue Jun 12 17:31:50 EDT 2012

On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 10:17:16PM +0100, Jon Hunter wrote:
> Hi Will,

Hi Jon,

> On 06/12/2012 04:28 AM, Will Deacon wrote:
> > 
> > Well, I tried that and the results are pretty whacky: the event counters do
> > indeed tick but interrupts only fire if I pin the perf task to CPU1! What's
> > more, the interrupts do fire on both cores when they're working...
> I tried this, and I see that interrupts occur on both, however, it seems
> that the majority occur on one CPU and only a few on the other. So it
> does appear that one CPU is getting a lot more interrupts.

That's understandable -- one of the CPUs is likely more loaded than the
other. However, I'd like to confirm whether or not you see what I see. With
the 4430_init hack on a 4460, if I run:

# taskset 0x2 perf top

then I get no samples. If I do:

# taskset 0x1 perf top

then I *do* get samples and from *both* CPUs. So it smells more like an
issue poking some configuration registers from CPU1 rather than the IRQ
path being broken. As I said before, if I don't do the extra init hack
then I don't get this problem (but event counters don't tick).

> From a PMU programming standpoint, if we just use "perf top" are the
> event counters not used/programmed?

Just using perf top should use the cycle counter as the event source.

> And when we use "perf top -e instructions" is it the "software
> increment" event that the event counter(s) are monitoring? I am just
> trying to understand how the counters are being programmed and then I
> can ask the design folks an intelligent question :-)

It depends on the CPU. For Cortex-A9, `instructions' maps to event 0x68,
which isn't a perfect match. If you want to specify a hex value for the
event code, you can do:

# perf top -e rNN

where NN is the hex event number. On A9, r11 would give you cycles via
an event counter.

> By the way, I don't suppose there is any debugfs entry to dump the PMU
> registers?

'fraid not, but there is some debug code in perf_event_v7.c that you
could call if you wanted to (just #define DEBUG at the top of the file).


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