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authorDaniel Thompson <daniel.thompson@linaro.org>2015-01-05 15:58:54 +0100
committerRussell King <rmk+kernel@arm.linux.org.uk>2015-01-12 19:28:46 +0000
commit2d9ed7406fd24987b75f78fea8290202d8108f34 (patch)
tree3f4ac106347ac75eae20f929fe4a186002c48a11 /arch/arm
parenta18f36453e0788d2d285a62b85c7c668ec119a64 (diff)
ARM: 8255/1: perf: Prevent wraparound during overflow
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> Signed-off-by: Russell King <rmk+kernel@arm.linux.org.uk>
Diffstat (limited to 'arch/arm')
1 files changed, 8 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/arch/arm/kernel/perf_event.c b/arch/arm/kernel/perf_event.c
index f7c65adaa42..557e128e4df 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);