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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 1/5] arm64: perf: Basic uncore counter support for Cavium ThunderX SOC
On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 04:54:06PM +0000, Mark Rutland wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 01:55:29PM +0200, Jan Glauber wrote:
> > diff --git a/drivers/perf/uncore/uncore_cavium.c b/drivers/perf/uncore/uncore_cavium.c
> > new file mode 100644
> > index 0000000..a7b4277
> > --- /dev/null
> > +++ b/drivers/perf/uncore/uncore_cavium.c
> > + * Some notes about the various counters supported by this "uncore" PMU
> > + * and the design:
> > + *
> > + * All counters are 64 bit long.
> > + * There are no overflow interrupts.
> > + * Counters are summarized per node/socket.
> > + * Most devices appear as separate PCI devices per socket with the exception
> > + * of OCX TLK which appears as one PCI device per socket and contains several
> > + * units with counters that are merged.
>
> As a general note, as I commented on the QC L2 PMU driver [1,2], we need
> to figure out if we should be aggregating physical PMUs or not.
>
> Judging by subsequent patches, each unit has individual counters and
> controls, and thus we cannot atomically read/write counters or controls
> across them. As such, I do not think we should aggregate them, and
> should expose them separately to userspace.

I thought each unit was registered as a separate PMU to perf? Or are you
specifically commenting on the OCX TLK? The comment there suggests that
the units cannot be individually enabled/disabled and, without docs, I
trust that's the case.

Will

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