[RFC PATCH 2/2] arm64: kernel: perf: add pmu CPU PM notifier

Kevin Hilman khilman at kernel.org
Wed Mar 11 09:02:17 PDT 2015

Lorenzo Pieralisi <lorenzo.pieralisi at arm.com> writes:

> When a CPU is being profiled through PMU events and it enters suspend
> or idle states, the PMU registers content can be lost, which means that
> counters that were relied upon on power down entry are reset on power
> up to values that are incosistent with the profile session.
> This patch adds a CPU PM notifier to arm64 perf code, that detects
> on entry if events are being monitored, and if so, it returns
> failure to the CPU PM notification chain, causing the suspend
> thread or the idle thread to abort power down, therefore preventing
> registers content loss.
> By triggering CPU PM notification failure this patch prevents
> suspending a system if the suspend thread is being profiled and
> it also prevents entering idle deep states on cores that have profile
> events in use, somehow limiting power management capabilities when
> there are active perf sessions.

I guess that's one choice.  Couldn't you also stop the PMU and
save/restore it's context in the notifiers? so that you wouldn't affect
PM capabilities?

That would imply that you lose the ability to profile after a certain
point in suspend/idle, but maybe that's a better trade off than having
profiling disable certain PM features?


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