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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3]measure SMI cost
On Fri, 24 Mar 2017, Andi Kleen wrote:

> > > A new --smi-cost mode in perf stat is implemented to measure the SMI cost
> > > by calculating cycles and aperf results. In practice, the percentages of
> > > SMI cycles should be more useful than absolute value.
> >
> > That's only true for performance oriented analysis, but for analyzing the
> > root cause of latencies the actual cycles are definitely interesting.
> perf stat also prints the absolute cycles of course (unless you do --metric-only)

So much for the theory. From the patch:

+ if (!force_metric_only)
+ metric_only = true;

> It cannot print individual cycles (per SMI occurrence), the only
> way to do that would be to poll constantly.

I'm well aware of that.



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