Re: HP_SIM with performance monitoring

From: Stephane Eranian <>
Date: 2003-08-27 04:16:49

On Tue, Aug 26, 2003 at 12:18:46PM +1000, Ian Wienand wrote:
> I noticed that when trying to boot 2.6.0-test4 in the simulator with
> perfmon turned on it ended up oopsing with a "General Exception: IA-64
> Reserved Register/Field fault" in pfm_init_percpu() when it tried to
> zero out the PMD registers.

That does not surprise me. The simulator does have some PMD and PMC registers
but they do not count anything.

> I have no idea if the simulator implements perfmon support, but
> noticed that there are PMC and PMD registers in the register window.
> Am I right in saying the simulator has only 8, skipping odd registers,
> where mckinley has 15 PMC and 17 PMD registers?

Ski seems to have 16 PMCS and 16 PMDS implemented.

> I can think of a number of things to fix it but am not sure which is
> correct -- the GENERIC definitions look kind of correct; maybe
> CONFIG_PERFMON should be turned off for HP_SIM; or create a dummy
> PMC/PMD register definition (attached).  Any enlightenment
> appreciated.

Yes, something along the lines of your patch would be a clean way of fixing
the problem. However, I would do something similar to what is in 
perfmon_generic.h. Simply define the PMDS as counters (PFM_REG_COUNTING). 
It will not hurt because they actually do not count anything. And create 
the PMC table as counter (PFM_REG_COUNTING).

Thanks for spotting this problem.

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