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SubjectRe: [RFC] perf tool improvement requests
On Tue, Sep 04, 2018 at 08:50:07AM -0700, Stephane Eranian wrote:
> > > When we get an exact IP (using PEBS) and were sampling a data related
> > > event (say L1 misses), we can get the data type from the instruction
> > > itself; that is, through DWARF. We _know_ what type (structure::member)
> > > is read/written to.
> >
> I have been asking this from the compiler people for a long time!
> I don't think it is there. I'd like each load/store to be annotated
> with a data type + offset
> within the type. It would allow data type profiling. This would not be
> bulletproof though
> because of the accessor function problem:
> void incr(int *v) { (*v)++; }
> struct foo { int a, int b } bar;
> incr(&bar.a);

Cute, yes. Also, array accesses are tricky.

But I think even with those caveats it would be _very_ useful.

> There are concern with the volume of data that this
> would generate. But my argument
> is that this is just debug binaries, does not make the stripped binary
> any bigger.

Right; the alternative is that we build an asm interpreter and follow
the data types throughout the function, because DWARF can tell us about
the types at a number of places, like function call arguments etc..

That is, of course, a terrible lot of work :/

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