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SubjectRe: ftrace global trace_pipe_raw
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Hello Steve,

thank you for your answer,

On 07/24/2018 04:25 PM, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Jul 2018 10:23:16 -0400
> Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> wrote:
>
>>>
>>> Would work in the direction of adding a global trace_pipe_raw be considered
>>> for inclusion?
>>
>> The design of the lockless ring buffer requires not to be preempted,
>> and that the data cannot be written to from more than one location. To
>> do so, we make a per CPU buffer, and disable preemption when writing.
>> This means that we have only one writer at a time. It can handle
>> interrupts and NMIs, because they will finish before they return and
>> this doesn't break the algorithm. But having writers from multiple CPUs
>> would require locking or other heaving synchronization operations that
>> will greatly reduce the speed of writing to the buffers (not to mention
>> the cache thrashing).
>

I understand, it is not a simple matter then.

> And why would you need a single buffer?

I am interested in all events that have to do with a specific task,
regardless of the CPU they appear on.
Having an already post-processed stream of binary data would be awesome I think.

> Note, we are working on making
> libtracecmd.so that will allow applications to read the buffers and the
> library will take care of the interleaving of the raw data. This should
> hopefully be ready in about three months or so.
>
> -- Steve

That would be great! So the library could handle this kind of preprocessing,
and create a single stream of sorted timestamps/events with the binary data?

Thanks a lot,

Claudio

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