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Date:	Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:45:23 +0200
From:	Stephane Eranian <eranian@...gle.com>
To:	Andi Kleen <ak@...ux.intel.com>
Cc:	LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>,
	"mingo@...e.hu" <mingo@...e.hu>, Joe Mario <jmario@...hat.com>,
	Don Zickus <dzickus@...hat.com>, Jiri Olsa <jolsa@...hat.com>,
	Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] perf/x86: update Haswell PEBS event constraints

On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:40 PM, Andi Kleen <ak@...ux.intel.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:31:29PM +0200, Stephane Eranian wrote:
>> On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:18 PM, Andi Kleen <ak@...ux.intel.com> wrote:
>> >> I don't quite understand that.
>> >> You need to know which events support PEBS. You need a table
>> >
>> > We're talking about the kernel allowing things here.
>> > Yes the user still needs to know what supports PEBS, but
>> > that doesn't concern the kernel.
>> >
>> Just need to make sure you don't return bogus information.
>
> GIGO. We only need to prevent security issues.
>
>> > You can just allow it for all, it's a nop if the event doesn't
>> > support it. And also the fields like DataLA are simply 0 when
>> > not supported.
>> >
>>
>> Let's take a example. If I do resource_stalls:pp, the kernel
>> will let it go through and clear the PMI bit on the config as
>> is required for PEBS mode. The counter will count normally
>> and never fire an interrupt, even when it overflows. It would
>> never execute the PMI handler and thus never look at the
>> PEBS content. You'd never get any samples.
>
> Yes if the user specifies a bogus raw event it will not count.
> That's fine. The important part is just that nothing ever crashes.
>
That would certainly avoid the problem of missing events in pebs table.
I had a problem with that just today. It also speed up scheduling
as well by avoid the table lookups.

Note that I will soon post a patch to speed up scheduling for all x86
processors.
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