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Date:   Wed, 8 Aug 2018 18:47:22 +0200
From:   Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>
To:     "Luck, Tony" <tony.luck@...el.com>
Cc:     "Chatre, Reinette" <reinette.chatre@...el.com>,
        "Hansen, Dave" <dave.hansen@...el.com>,
        "tglx@...utronix.de" <tglx@...utronix.de>,
        "mingo@...hat.com" <mingo@...hat.com>,
        "Yu, Fenghua" <fenghua.yu@...el.com>,
        "vikas.shivappa@...ux.intel.com" <vikas.shivappa@...ux.intel.com>,
        "Hindman, Gavin" <gavin.hindman@...el.com>,
        "Joseph, Jithu" <jithu.joseph@...el.com>,
        "hpa@...or.com" <hpa@...or.com>, "x86@...nel.org" <x86@...nel.org>,
        "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/2] x86/intel_rdt and perf/x86: Fix lack of coordination
 with perf

On Wed, Aug 08, 2018 at 03:55:54PM +0000, Luck, Tony wrote:
> > So _why_ doesn't this work? As said by Tony, that first call should
> > prime the caches, so the second and third calls should not generate any
> > misses.
> 
> How much code/data is involved? If there is a lot, then you may be unlucky
> with cache coloring and the later parts of the "prime the caches" code path
> may evict some lines loaded in the early parts.

Well, Reinette used perf_event_read_local() which is unfortunately quite
a bit. But the inline I proposed is a single load and depending on
rdpmcl() or native_read_pmc() a call to or just a single inline asm
rdpmc instruction.

That should certainly work I think.

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