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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8] perf: Sharing PMU counters across compatible events
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Hi Peter and Jiri,

> On Dec 6, 2019, at 4:24 PM, Song Liu <songliubraving@fb.com> wrote:
>
> This patch tries to enable PMU sharing. When multiple perf_events are
> counting the same metric, they can share the hardware PMU counter. We
> call these events as "compatible events".
>
> The PMU sharing are limited to events within the same perf_event_context
> (ctx). When a event is installed or enabled, search the ctx for compatible
> events. This is implemented in perf_event_setup_dup(). One of these
> compatible events are picked as the master (stored in event->dup_master).
> Similarly, when the event is removed or disabled, perf_event_remove_dup()
> is used to clean up sharing.
>
> A new state PERF_EVENT_STATE_ENABLED is introduced for the master event.
> This state is used when the slave event is ACTIVE, but the master event
> is not.
>
> On the critical paths (add, del read), sharing PMU counters doesn't
> increase the complexity. Helper functions event_pmu_[add|del|read]() are
> introduced to cover these cases. All these functions have O(1) time
> complexity.
>
> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>
> Cc: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@redhat.com>
> Cc: Jiri Olsa <jolsa@kernel.org>
> Cc: Alexey Budankov <alexey.budankov@linux.intel.com>
> Cc: Namhyung Kim <namhyung@kernel.org>
> Cc: Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org>
> Signed-off-by: Song Liu <songliubraving@fb.com>
>
> ---
> Changes in v8:
> Fix issues with task event (Jiri).
> Fix issues with event inherit.
> Fix mmap'ed events, i.e. perf test 4 (kernel test bot).
>
> Changes in v7:
> Major rewrite to avoid allocating extra master event.

Could you please share your feedbacks on this version?

Thanks,
Song

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