[PATCH v3 6/9] kvm: arm/arm64: Add host pmu to support VM introspection
punit.agrawal at arm.com
Wed Jan 18 06:58:20 PST 2017
Will Deacon <will.deacon at arm.com> writes:
> On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 01:01:40PM +0000, Punit Agrawal wrote:
>> Mark Rutland <mark.rutland at arm.com> writes:
>> > On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:21:21AM +0000, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>> >> On 10/01/17 11:38, Punit Agrawal wrote:
>> >> > +#define VM_MASK GENMASK_ULL(31, 0)
>> >> > +#define EVENT_MASK GENMASK_ULL(32, 39)
>> >> > +#define EVENT_SHIFT (32)
>> >> > +
>> >> > +#define to_pid(cfg) ((cfg) & VM_MASK)
>> >> > +#define to_event(cfg) (((cfg) & EVENT_MASK) >> EVENT_SHIFT)
>> >> > +
>> >> > +PMU_FORMAT_ATTR(vm, "config:0-31");
>> >> > +PMU_FORMAT_ATTR(event, "config:32-39");
>> >> I'm a bit confused by these. Can't you get the PID of the VM you're
>> >> tracing directly from perf, without having to encode things?
>> With perf attached to a PID, the event gets scheduled out when the task
>> is context switched. As the PID of the controlling process was used,
>> none of the vCPU events were counted.
> So it sounds like userspace needs to deal with this by attaching to the PIDs
> of the vCPUs. Given that perf kvm seems to have knowledge of vCPUs, it would
> be nice to know why that logic isn't reusable here. Take a look in
> tools/perf/builtin-kvm.c and if it's not up to the job, then perhaps it can
> be improved.
Thanks for the pointer. I'll have a play with perf kvm to see if it can
be leveraged here.
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