[PATCH v6 2/7] arm64: perf: Avoid PMXEV* indirection

Will Deacon will at kernel.org
Mon Sep 21 09:43:58 EDT 2020

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 02:34:14PM +0100, Alexandru Elisei wrote:
> From: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland at arm.com>
> Currently we access the counter registers and their respective type
> registers indirectly. This requires us to write to PMSELR, issue an ISB,
> then access the relevant PMXEV* registers.
> This is unfortunate, because:
> * Under virtualization, accessing one register requires two traps to
>   the hypervisor, even though we could access the register directly with
>   a single trap.
> * We have to issue an ISB which we could otherwise avoid the cost of.
> * When we use NMIs, the NMI handler will have to save/restore the select
>   register in case the code it preempted was attempting to access a
>   counter or its type register.
> We can avoid these issues by directly accessing the relevant registers.
> This patch adds helpers to do so.
> In armv8pmu_enable_event() we still need the ISB to prevent the PE from
> reordering the write to PMINTENSET_EL1 register. If the interrupt is
> enabled before we disable the counter and the new event is configured,
> we might get an interrupt triggered by the previously programmed event
> overflowing, but which we wrongly attribute to the event that we are
> enabling.
> In the process, remove the comment that refers to the ARMv7 PMU.
> Cc: Julien Thierry <julien.thierry.kdev at gmail.com>
> Cc: Will Deacon <will.deacon at arm.com>
> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz at infradead.org>
> Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo at redhat.com>
> Cc: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme at kernel.org>
> Cc: Alexander Shishkin <alexander.shishkin at linux.intel.com>
> Cc: Jiri Olsa <jolsa at redhat.com>
> Cc: Namhyung Kim <namhyung at kernel.org>
> Cc: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas at arm.com>
> Signed-off-by: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland at arm.com>
> [Julien T.: Don't inline read/write functions to avoid big code-size
> 	increase, remove unused read_pmevtypern function,
> 	fix counter index issue.]
> Signed-off-by: Julien Thierry <julien.thierry at arm.com>
> [Removed comment, removed trailing semicolons in macros, added ISB]

nit: but it's customary to prefix these with your name, so it's easy to
figure out who made changes (like Julien did above).

(similar comment for other patches in this series)

> @@ -620,9 +686,14 @@ static void armv8pmu_enable_event(struct perf_event *event)
>  	 * Disable counter
>  	 */
>  	armv8pmu_disable_event_counter(event);
> +	/*
> +	 * Make sure the effects of disabling the counter are visible before we
> +	 * start configuring the event.
> +	 */
> +	isb();

With the isb() added by patch 1, why don't we just make these implicit
in armv8_{enable,disable}_event_counter() ?


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