powerpc/perf: Use pmc_overflow() to detect rolled back events
For certain speculative events on Power7, 'perf stat' reports far higher
event count than 'perf record' for the same event.
As described in following commit, a performance monitor exception is raised
even when the the performance events are rolled back.
Author: Anton Blanchard <email@example.com>
Date: Wed Mar 9 14:38:42 2011 +1100
perf_event_interrupt() records an event only when an overflow occurs. But
this check for overflow is a simple 'if (val < 0)'.
Because the events are rolled back, this check for overflow fails and the
event is not recorded. perf_event_interrupt() later uses pmc_overflow() to
detect the overflow and resets the counters and the events are lost completely.
To properly detect the overflow of rolled back events, use pmc_overflow()
even when recording events.
$ cat strcpy.c
$ perf record -e r20014 ./strcpy
$ perf report -n > report.1
$ perf stat -e r20014 > report.2
# Compare report.1 and report.2
Reported-by: Maynard Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Signed-off-by: Sukadev Bhattiprolu <email@example.com>
Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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