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SubjectRe: [RFC] perf: need to expose sched_clock to correlate user samples with kernel samples
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Hi,


I think the advantage of the ioctl() is that is reuses existing infrastructure.
The downside is that to get the timestamp you need at a minimum:

uint64_t get_perf_timestamp(void)
{
struct perf_event_attr attr;
uint64_t ts = 0;
int fd;

memset(&attr, 0, sizeof(attr));

/* pick a dummy SW event (no PMU HW resource allocated), keep it disabled */
attr.type = PERF_TYPE_SOFTWARE;
attr.config = PERF_COUNT_SW_CPU_CLOCK; /* dummy event */
attr.disabled = 1;

/* attach to self in per-thread mode */
fd = perf_event_open(&attr, 0, -1, -1, 0);
if (fd == -1)
return 0;

ioctl(fd, PERF_EVENT_IOC_GET_TIME, &ts);
close(fd);

return ts;
}

This function is likely to be called multiple times. So we could cache
the fd and reuse it.
There would be a bigger penalty only for the first call. Thereafter it
would cost probably
just a bit more than the pfm_control() approach, because of the need
to go through VFS.
So I am fine with this.


On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM, Pawel Moll <pawel.moll@arm.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2013-02-13 at 20:00 +0000, Stephane Eranian wrote:
>> On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 7:17 PM, Pawel Moll <pawel.moll@arm.com> wrote:
>> > On Wed, 2013-02-06 at 01:19 +0000, Steven Rostedt wrote:
>> >> If people are worried about adding a bunch of new perf syscalls, maybe
>> >> add a sys_perf_control() system call that works like an ioctl but
>> >> without a file descriptor. Something for things that don't require an
>> >> event attached to it, like to retrieve a time stamp counter that perf
>> >> uses, but done in a way that it could be used for other things perf
>> >> related that does not require an event.
>> >
>> > /**
>> > + * sys_perf_control - ioctl-like interface to control system-wide
>> > + * perf behaviour
>> > + *
>> > + * @cmd: one of the PERF_CONTROL_* commands
>> > + * @arg: command-specific argument
>> > + */
>> > +SYSCALL_DEFINE2(perf_control, unsigned int, cmd, unsigned long, arg)
>> > +{
>> > + switch (cmd) {
>> > + case PERF_CONTROL_GET_TIME:
>> > + {
>> > + u64 time = perf_clock();
>> > + if (copy_to_user((void __user *)arg, &time, sizeof(time)))
>> > + return -EFAULT;
>> > + return 0;
>> > + }
>> > +
>> > + default:
>> > + return -ENOTTY;
>> > + }
>> > +}
>>
>> So what would be the role of this new syscall besides GET_TIME?
>> What other controls without a fd could be done? We are already passing
>> a lot of control thru the perf_event_open() some in the attr struct others
>> as arguments.
>
> I think Steven was thinking about an "extensible" fd-less interface.
> Whether we'll need any other fd-less control in the future, I don't
> know...
>
>> The only advantage of this "disguised" ioctl() is that it does not require
>> a fd. But it is worth adding a syscall just to avoid creating a fd?
>
> Frankly speaking, I have some doubts here, but I do sys_perf_open()
> anyway, so it was mainly trying to address your situation.
>
> One way or another I'd like to get the timestamp, so how about picking
> one solution and trying to make it happen? Seems that my previous
> "standard ioctl()" patch would be the best compromise?
>
> Pawel
>
>


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