[PATCHv3 5/5] arm-cci: CCI-500: Work around PMU counter writes

Peter Zijlstra peterz at infradead.org
Fri Dec 11 04:10:23 PST 2015

On Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 11:28:45AM +0000, Suzuki K. Poulose wrote:
> On 10/12/15 15:42, Mark Rutland wrote:

> >This should work, but it seems very heavyweight given we do it for each
> >write.
> >
> >Can we not amortize this by using the {start,commit,cancel}_txn hooks?
> >
> >Either we can handle 1-4 and 6-8 in those, or we can copy everything
> >into a shadow state and apply it all in one go at commit_txn time.
> I took a look at it. The only worrying part is, if pmu->add() will be
> called outside *_txn().
> from linux/perf_event.h:
>         /*
>          * Adds/Removes a counter to/from the PMU, can be done inside a
>          * transaction, see the ->*_txn() methods.
>          *
> As of now it is only called within the transactions, but the comment somehow
> doesn't look like enforces it.

Right, txn stuff is intended to be optional. However a txn
implementation must track if one is in progress, so the ::add() method
can check against that.

Also note that there exist a callchain into pmu->add() that does not
start a txn. See:

		if (event != leader)

That said, you can also use pmu->pmu_{en,dis}able() to batch stuff (x86
does this too), add/del, start/stop are guaranteed to be called with the
PMU disabled (as per the comments in struct pmu).

on x86:

For ::add(), we delay touching the hardware until ::pmu_enable() time.

!txn ::add() will do a schedulability test to see if the pmu had place
for the new event and then record the details of it.

txn ::add() will just record the details.

::commit_txn will do the schedulability test for the txn, if that fails
we undo bits.

::pmu_enable rewrites the hardware registers, moves events about if
needed and configures the new event.

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