[PATCH 0/2] qcom: add l2 cache perf events driver

Neil Leeder nleeder at codeaurora.org
Wed Jun 8 08:21:16 PDT 2016

On 6/6/2016 05:04 AM, Mark Rutland wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 03, 2016 at 05:03:30PM -0400, Neil Leeder wrote:
>> This adds a new dynamic PMU to the Perf Events framework to program
>> and control the L2 cache PMUs in some Qualcomm Technologies SOCs.
>> The driver exports formatting and event information to sysfs so it can
>> be used by the perf user space tools with the syntax:
>> perf stat -e l2cache/event=0x42/
>> One point to note is that there are certain combinations of events
>> which are invalid, and which are detected in event_add().
> Which combinations of events are invalid?
> Please elaborate.
>> Simply having event_add() fail would result in event_sched_in() making
>> it Inactive, treating it as over-allocation of counters, leading to
>> repeated attempts to allocate the events and ending up with a
>> statistical count.  A solution for this situation is to turn the
>> conflicting event off in event_add(). This allows a single error
>> message to be generated, and no recurring attempts to re-add the
>> invalid event. In order for this to work, event_sched_in()
>> needs to detect that event_add() changed the state, and not override it
>> and force it to Inactive.
> For heterogeneous PMUs, we added the pmu::filter_match(event) callback
> for a similar purpose: preventing an event from being scheduled on a
> core which does not support that event, while allowing other events to
> be scheduled.
> So if you truly need to filter events, the infrastructure for doing so
> already exists.
> However, you will need to elaborate on "there are certain combinations
> of events which are invalid".

Qualcomm PMUs have events arranged in a matrix of rows and columns.
Only one event can be enabled from each column at once. So this isn't a
heterogeneous CPU issue, and it doesn't seem to fit into filter_match()
because it is not an absolute restriction that this event can't be
enabled on this cpu, it's related to the other events which have 
already been enabled.

>> This patchset requires:
>> [PATCH] soc: qcom: provide mechanism for drivers to access L2 registers
> A link would be remarkably helpful.


> Better would be to fold that patch into this series, as it's the only
> user, and both are helpful review context for the other.

The L2 PMU driver is the first user of the L2-accessors patch
but it won't be the only one, which is why I kept it separate.

> Thanks,
> Mark.


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