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SubjectRe: [PATCH v0 04/71] itrace: Infrastructure for instruction flow tracing units
On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 02:36:16PM +0200, Alexander Shishkin wrote:
> Instruction tracing PMUs are capable of recording a log of instruction
> execution flow on a cpu core, which can be useful for profiling and crash
> analysis. This patch adds itrace infrastructure for perf events and the
> rest of the kernel to use.
> Since such PMUs can produce copious amounts of trace data, it may be
> impractical to process it inside the kernel in real time, but instead export
> raw trace streams to userspace for subsequent analysis. Thus, itrace PMUs
> may export their trace buffers, which can be mmap()ed to userspace from a
> perf event fd with a PERF_EVENT_ITRACE_OFFSET offset. To that end, perf
> is extended to work with multiple ring buffers per event, reusing the
> ring_buffer code in an attempt to reduce complexity.

Please read the thread here:

On my thoughts of this creative mmap() usage.

tl;dr: no f*cking way.

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