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Date:	Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:19:19 +0200
From:	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>
To:	"Liang, Kan" <kan.liang@...el.com>
Cc:	"eranian@...gle.com" <eranian@...gle.com>,
	"linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	"mingo@...hat.com" <mingo@...hat.com>,
	"paulus@...ba.org" <paulus@...ba.org>,
	"acme@...nel.org" <acme@...nel.org>,
	"ak@...ux.intel.com" <ak@...ux.intel.com>,
	"Yan, Zheng" <zheng.z.yan@...el.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH V5 08/16] perf, x86: track number of events that use LBR
 callstack

On Tue, Oct 07, 2014 at 02:59:20AM +0000, Liang, Kan wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:09:05AM -0400, kan.liang@...el.com wrote:
> > > @@ -204,9 +204,15 @@ void intel_pmu_lbr_sched_task(struct
> > perf_event_context *ctx, bool sched_in)
> > >  	}
> > >  }
> > >
> > > +static inline bool branch_user_callstack(unsigned br_sel) {
> > > +	return (br_sel & X86_BR_USER) && (br_sel & X86_BR_CALL_STACK); }
> > > +
> > >  void intel_pmu_lbr_enable(struct perf_event *event)  {
> > >  	struct cpu_hw_events *cpuc = &__get_cpu_var(cpu_hw_events);
> > > +	struct x86_perf_task_context *task_ctx;
> > >
> > >  	if (!x86_pmu.lbr_nr)
> > >  		return;
> > > @@ -220,6 +226,10 @@ void intel_pmu_lbr_enable(struct perf_event
> > *event)
> > >  	}
> > >  	cpuc->br_sel = event->hw.branch_reg.reg;
> > >
> > > +	task_ctx = event->ctx ? event->ctx->task_ctx_data : NULL;
> > > +	if (task_ctx && branch_user_callstack(cpuc->br_sel))
> > > +		task_ctx->lbr_callstack_users++;
> > > +
> > 
> > Does it make sense to flip those conditions to avoid a potentially useless
> > dereference?
> 
> I'm not quite sure I understand your meaning here.
> But lbr_callstack_users is an indicator for save/restore the LBR stack on context switch.
> Here, we only change the lbr_callstack_users, when it's LBR call stack and has space for saving LBR stack.
> 
> Should I change the code as below?
> +       if (branch_user_callstack(cpuc->br_sel) && event->ctx &&
> +               (task_ctx = event->ctx->task_ctx_data))
> +               task_ctx->lbr_callstack_users++;

Yes, that avoids the ctx->task_ctx_data deref when
!branch_user_callstack().
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