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authorDaniel Thompson <daniel.thompson@linaro.org>2014-11-21 15:54:06 +0000
committerDaniel Thompson <daniel.thompson@linaro.org>2014-12-22 09:34:38 +0000
commite260fa3414d060541890c75a97ec80e462c38c35 (patch)
parentfd9274baadef204ceb3e319d8724a2a6c5436caf (diff)
arm: perf: Prevent wraparound during overflowdev/arm_better_perf
If the overflow threshold for a counter is set above or near the 0xffffffff boundary then the kernel may lose track of the overflow causing only events that occur *after* the overflow to be recorded. Specifically the problem occurs when the value of the performance counter overtakes its original programmed value due to wrap around. Typical solutions to this problem are either to avoid programming in values likely to be overtaken or to treat the overflow bit as the 33rd bit of the counter. Its somewhat fiddly to refactor the code to correctly handle the 33rd bit during irqsave sections (context switches for example) so instead we take the simpler approach of avoiding values likely to be overtaken. We set the limit to half of max_period because this matches the limit imposed in __hw_perf_event_init(). This causes a doubling of the interrupt rate for large threshold values, however even with a very fast counter ticking at 4GHz the interrupt rate would only be ~1Hz. Signed-off-by: Daniel Thompson <daniel.thompson@linaro.org> Acked-by: Will Deacon <will.deacon@arm.com>
1 files changed, 8 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/arch/arm/kernel/perf_event.c b/arch/arm/kernel/perf_event.c
index f7c65adaa428..557e128e4df0 100644
--- a/arch/arm/kernel/perf_event.c
+++ b/arch/arm/kernel/perf_event.c
@@ -116,8 +116,14 @@ int armpmu_event_set_period(struct perf_event *event)
ret = 1;
- if (left > (s64)armpmu->max_period)
- left = armpmu->max_period;
+ /*
+ * Limit the maximum period to prevent the counter value
+ * from overtaking the one we are about to program. In
+ * effect we are reducing max_period to account for
+ * interrupt latency (and we are being very conservative).
+ */
+ if (left > (armpmu->max_period >> 1))
+ left = armpmu->max_period >> 1;
local64_set(&hwc->prev_count, (u64)-left);