Re: oprofile and ARM A9 hardware counter

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Salut Jean,

On 5/8/2012 1:23 PM, Jean Pihet wrote:
Hi Benoit,

On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM, Cousson, Benoit<b-cousson@xxxxxx>  wrote:
Hi Kevin&  Jon,

On 5/8/2012 1:28 AM, Kevin Hilman wrote:

Jon Hunter<jon-hunter@xxxxxx>    writes:

Hi Kevin,

On 05/07/2012 12:15 PM, Kevin Hilman wrote:

Jon Hunter<jon-hunter@xxxxxx>    writes:

Hi Will,

On 04/26/2012 01:07 PM, Will Deacon wrote:

On Wed, Apr 04, 2012 at 12:15:24PM +0100, Will Deacon wrote:

On Wed, Apr 04, 2012 at 12:29:49AM +0100, Paul Walmsley wrote:

Part of the problem is that the clockdomain data for the emu_sys
clockdomain is wrong.  Here's something to try to fix it.  It might
be enough to get it to work.

Hmm, doesn't seem to work but I do see the following in dmesg when I
try to
use perf:

  powerdomain: waited too long for powerdomain emu_pwrdm to complete

which is new with your patch.

Sorry to nag, but does anybody have a clue where to go from here? I
start digging in the OMAP PM code, but it's all new territory for me.

I did a little playing around with this today and I think that I have
figured out why this was not working (see below). Please can you try the
following patch? I tried this on top of your series for perf/omap4.

Paul, FYI. If this works for Will then I can re-base on top of the
latest linux-omap and submit to the mailing list.

Also, the above error about the emu_pwrdm is odd too. I noticed that
the emu_pwrdm is always in the transitioning state. And when I say always, I
mean that even if I check the power domain state while u-boot is running it
is in the transitioning state. So even before the kernel starts.


  From 9137ff9c1b382232de7443db0b51b7555846fb62 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Jon Hunter<jon-hunter@xxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2012 16:48:45 -0500
Subject: [PATCH] ARM: OMAP4: Disable auto enable for EMU CLKDM

The flag CLKDM_CAN_HWSUP allows the clock-domain to automatically
to the enabled and disabled state. This means that as soon as we force
software wake-up on the clock domain, the clock domain will be allowed
to idle
and put back into the hardware auto state. For the EMU clock domain
this is not
what we want. We want to keep the clock domain in the software wakeup
while the clock domain is being used and put it back in to the hardware
state when we have finished using the clock domain.

Signed-off-by: Jon Hunter<jon-hunter@xxxxxx>

With this patch, how is the clkdm ever idled?

It does not! Sorry, I was so engrossed with figuring out why the EMU
clkdm was being idled as soon as it was enabled, I forgot to check if is
ever disabled once we terminated perf :-(

IIUC, your patch will get PMU interrupts working, but similarily to
previous patches in this thread, it works because it *never* allows the
EMU clkdm to idle.  This is not a mergeable solution because it will not
allow CORE retention (and thus full-chip retention.)


What we need is a solution that allows the clkdm to idle, and then to be
reinitialzed when it wakes up.  Due to the way (I understand) resets in
the debugss, allowing the clkdm to idle will cause a reset, so the
PMU/CTI interrupts need to be reinitialzied after wakeup.

Yes exactly I see that now. I have prototyped the 3 patches and this is
working AND the EMU clkdm does go back to idle. I can send out to the
list for review.

Perfect, thanks.


P.S. Please note there is also already a different fix in mainline for
the EMU clkdm data from Paul which adds the force wakeup flag and
removes the DISABLE_AUTO flag[1] (but leaves the ENABLE_AUTO flag,
because the hardware is capable.)

Hmmm ... yes saw this, and you will have to excuse me as I don't fully
follow the logic here. In fact, I am thinking we want the opposite ;-)

  From looking, into this it seems to me that when PMU is running we want
the EMU clock domain in software-wakeup state and when PMU is not
running we want in the hardware auto state.

So far, I'm with you.

By keeping the ENABLE_AUTO flag set, as soon as we enable the clock
domain it is put right back into the HW_AUTO state

This is only because it was in the HWSUP state when _enable was called.
If clkdm_deny_idle() is used, that behavior will change.

and hence PMU is
not working (see _enable() function in

So really what I think we want is to remove the ENABLE_AUTO flag to keep
the clock domain in software wake-up and use the DISABLE_AUTO flag to
put the clock domain back in HW_AUTO (note this requires a patch to
perform this 2nd part).

Well, Paul will have to comment here for the final word, but IIUC, the
hwmod flags are supposed to indicate only what the HW is capable of.  If
we want to change the runtime behavior, we nee to use (or add) APIs to
change the beahvior.  In this case, clkdm_allow_idle(),
clkdm_deny_idle() are probably what is needed here.

Yes, indeed, we should not hack the flags to fix that kind of issue. The
flags describe what the HW is capable of, and the EMU CD can support HW_AUTO
and SW_WAKEUP. AFAIK, the issue with that EMU CD is that the only valid next
power state is OFF, meaning that no retention mode is supported. So any
transition to idle will go to OFF and lead to a reset upon wakeup.

That being said, being able to transition to OFF during idle is a perfectly
valid state for most powerdomain in OMAP anyway, so we should be able to
restore from OFF mode smoothly.

It looks to me that what is missing here is *just* a restore path in the
PMU/CTI code. But I'm probably missing some nasty details in this issue :-)
Although it is perfectly feasible to have a seamless transition of the
EMU power domain, I think the PMU counters will not be accurate
anymore since they stop counting events when going to OFF and re-start
after the state restore.

Good point, but I think the PMU might still works fine because located inside the MPU domain. AFAIR, only the path to access the PMU and the CTI is going to OFF and thus will be reset. But that whole DEBUGSS is such a nightmare, that I'm not 100% sure about that :-)


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