powerpc/perf: Configure BHRB filter before enabling PMU interrupts
Right now the config_bhrb() PMU specific call happens after
write_mmcr0(), which actually enables the PMU for event counting and
interrupts. So there is a small window of time where the PMU and BHRB
runs without the required HW branch filter (if any) enabled in BHRB.
This can cause some of the branch samples to be collected through BHRB
without any filter applied and hence affects the correctness of
the results. This patch moves the BHRB config function call before
Here are some data points captured via trace prints which depicts how we
could get PMU interrupts with BHRB filter NOT enabled with a standard
perf record command line (asking for branch record information as well).
$ perf record -j any_call ls
Before the patch:-
ls-1962  d... 2065.299590: .perf_event_interrupt: MMCRA: 40000000000
ls-1962  d... 2065.299603: .perf_event_interrupt: MMCRA: 40000000000
All the PMU interrupts before this point did not have the requested
HW branch filter enabled in the MMCRA.
ls-1962  d... 2065.299647: .perf_event_interrupt: MMCRA: 40040000000
ls-1962  d... 2065.299662: .perf_event_interrupt: MMCRA: 40040000000
After the patch:-
ls-1850  d... 190.311828: .perf_event_interrupt: MMCRA: 40040000000
ls-1850  d... 190.311848: .perf_event_interrupt: MMCRA: 40040000000
All the PMU interrupts have the requested HW BHRB branch filter
enabled in MMCRA.
Signed-off-by: Anshuman Khandual <email@example.com>
[mpe: Fixed up whitespace and cleaned up changelog]
Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <email@example.com>
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