Re: Using sched_clock for mmio-trace

From: Frank Ch. Eigler
Date: Fri Feb 16 2007 - 11:31:33 EST

Jeff Muizelaar <jeff@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> I've built a tool with the goal of logging mmio writes and reads by
> device drivers. See

FWIW, this is exactly a type of add-on trace patch that could be
mooted by adoption of the ltt/systemtap "marker" facility. With it,
you would not need so much code (e.g. no new user-space tools at all,
reuse of common tracing buffer logic, permanently placed hooks) and
would probably get more utility.

> [...] The question is, what [timer] api should I be using? I need
> something that can be called from inside interrupt handlers, and
> obviously the more accurate and the lower the overhead the better.

We in systemtap land have the same problem, and so far made do with
slightly postprocessed per-cpu TSC values.

- FChE
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