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V2 [PATCH] benchtests: Restore the clock_gettime option

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H.J. Lu May 20, 2020, 6:14 p.m. UTC
On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 11:05 AM Florian Weimer <fweimer@redhat.com> wrote:
>
> * Alexander Monakov via Libc-alpha:
>
> > I am well aware. Again: rdtsc does not count CPU cycles on recent
> > Intel CPUs.
>
> H.J. probably has a different view on what those “recent Intel CPUs”
> are. 8-) I have not reviewed the mechanics of the patch, but if we need
> this for some CPUs, we should make the change.
>

Here the patch with updated commit message:

commit 7621e38bf3c58b2d0359545f1f2898017fd89d05
Author: Wilco Dijkstra <Wilco.Dijkstra@arm.com>
Date:   Tue Jan 29 17:43:45 2019 +0000

    Add generic hp-timing support

removed the clock_gettime option.  Restore the clock_gettime option for
some x86 CPUs on which value from RDTSC may not be incremented at a fixed
rate.

OK for master?

Thanks.

Comments

Florian Weimer May 20, 2020, 6:17 p.m. UTC | #1
* H. J. Lu:

> On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 11:05 AM Florian Weimer <fweimer@redhat.com> wrote:
>>
>> * Alexander Monakov via Libc-alpha:
>>
>> > I am well aware. Again: rdtsc does not count CPU cycles on recent
>> > Intel CPUs.
>>
>> H.J. probably has a different view on what those “recent Intel CPUs”
>> are. 8-) I have not reviewed the mechanics of the patch, but if we need
>> this for some CPUs, we should make the change.
>>
>
> Here the patch with updated commit message:
>
> commit 7621e38bf3c58b2d0359545f1f2898017fd89d05
> Author: Wilco Dijkstra <Wilco.Dijkstra@arm.com>
> Date:   Tue Jan 29 17:43:45 2019 +0000
>
>     Add generic hp-timing support
>
> removed the clock_gettime option.  Restore the clock_gettime option for
> some x86 CPUs on which value from RDTSC may not be incremented at a fixed
> rate.
>
> OK for master?

Patch looks okay to me.

Thanks,
Florian
Adhemerval Zanella May 20, 2020, 6:18 p.m. UTC | #2
On 20/05/2020 15:14, H.J. Lu via Libc-alpha wrote:
> On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 11:05 AM Florian Weimer <fweimer@redhat.com> wrote:
>>
>> * Alexander Monakov via Libc-alpha:
>>
>>> I am well aware. Again: rdtsc does not count CPU cycles on recent
>>> Intel CPUs.
>>
>> H.J. probably has a different view on what those “recent Intel CPUs”
>> are. 8-) I have not reviewed the mechanics of the patch, but if we need
>> this for some CPUs, we should make the change.
>>
> 
> Here the patch with updated commit message:
> 
> commit 7621e38bf3c58b2d0359545f1f2898017fd89d05
> Author: Wilco Dijkstra <Wilco.Dijkstra@arm.com>
> Date:   Tue Jan 29 17:43:45 2019 +0000
> 
>     Add generic hp-timing support
> 
> removed the clock_gettime option.  Restore the clock_gettime option for
> some x86 CPUs on which value from RDTSC may not be incremented at a fixed
> rate.
> 
> OK for master?

What kind of result discrepancies are you seeing using hp-timing.h on x86?
The clock_gettime help in what exactly here (it was not clear from
discussion, neither from patch submission)?  

I am asking because we rely on hp-timing.h to get the loader profiling,
so if this does provide accurate information in some cases it might be
the case to disable on ld.so/libc.so as well.
H.J. Lu May 20, 2020, 6:52 p.m. UTC | #3
On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 11:38 AM Adhemerval Zanella via Libc-alpha
<libc-alpha@sourceware.org> wrote:
>
>
>
> On 20/05/2020 15:14, H.J. Lu via Libc-alpha wrote:
> > On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 11:05 AM Florian Weimer <fweimer@redhat.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> * Alexander Monakov via Libc-alpha:
> >>
> >>> I am well aware. Again: rdtsc does not count CPU cycles on recent
> >>> Intel CPUs.
> >>
> >> H.J. probably has a different view on what those “recent Intel CPUs”
> >> are. 8-) I have not reviewed the mechanics of the patch, but if we need
> >> this for some CPUs, we should make the change.
> >>
> >
> > Here the patch with updated commit message:
> >
> > commit 7621e38bf3c58b2d0359545f1f2898017fd89d05
> > Author: Wilco Dijkstra <Wilco.Dijkstra@arm.com>
> > Date:   Tue Jan 29 17:43:45 2019 +0000
> >
> >     Add generic hp-timing support
> >
> > removed the clock_gettime option.  Restore the clock_gettime option for
> > some x86 CPUs on which value from RDTSC may not be incremented at a fixed
> > rate.
> >
> > OK for master?
>
> What kind of result discrepancies are you seeing using hp-timing.h on x86?
> The clock_gettime help in what exactly here (it was not clear from
> discussion, neither from patch submission)?
>
> I am asking because we rely on hp-timing.h to get the loader profiling,
> so if this does provide accurate information in some cases it might be
> the case to disable on ld.so/libc.so as well.

We are using glibc benchmarks for tuning memory/string functions.
We want to compare results between RDTSC and clock_gettime.
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From 7e48f7adbd53c18df7ab5fdd488bfcc134627480 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: "H.J. Lu" <hjl.tools@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2020 17:28:42 -0700
Subject: [PATCH] benchtests: Restore the clock_gettime option

commit 7621e38bf3c58b2d0359545f1f2898017fd89d05
Author: Wilco Dijkstra <Wilco.Dijkstra@arm.com>
Date:   Tue Jan 29 17:43:45 2019 +0000

    Add generic hp-timing support

removed the clock_gettime option.  Restore the clock_gettime option for
some x86 CPUs on which value from RDTSC may not be incremented at a fixed
rate.
---
 benchtests/Makefile       | 6 ++++++
 benchtests/README         | 7 ++++++-
 benchtests/bench-timing.h | 6 +++++-
 3 files changed, 17 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/benchtests/Makefile b/benchtests/Makefile
index 335d643ecb..99e90d17a0 100644
--- a/benchtests/Makefile
+++ b/benchtests/Makefile
@@ -132,11 +132,17 @@  endif
 
 CPPFLAGS-nonlib += -DDURATION=$(BENCH_DURATION) -D_ISOMAC
 
+# Use clock_gettime to measure performance of functions.  The default is
+# to use the architecture-specific high precision timing instructions.
+ifdef USE_CLOCK_GETTIME
+CPPFLAGS-nonlib += -DUSE_CLOCK_GETTIME
+else
 # On x86 processors, use RDTSCP, instead of RDTSC, to measure performance
 # of functions.  All x86 processors since 2010 support RDTSCP instruction.
 ifdef USE_RDTSCP
 CPPFLAGS-nonlib += -DUSE_RDTSCP
 endif
+endif
 
 DETAILED_OPT :=
 
diff --git a/benchtests/README b/benchtests/README
index c4f03fd872..f440f3295a 100644
--- a/benchtests/README
+++ b/benchtests/README
@@ -27,7 +27,12 @@  BENCH_DURATION.
 
 The benchmark suite does function call measurements using architecture-specific
 high precision timing instructions whenever available.  When such support is
-not available, it uses clock_gettime (CLOCK_MONOTONIC).
+not available, it uses clock_gettime (CLOCK_MONOTONIC).  One can force the
+benchmark to use clock_gettime by invoking make as follows:
+
+  $ make USE_CLOCK_GETTIME=1 bench
+
+Again, one must run `make bench-clean' before changing the measurement method.
 
 On x86 processors, RDTSCP instruction provides more precise timing data
 than RDTSC instruction.  All x86 processors since 2010 support RDTSCP
diff --git a/benchtests/bench-timing.h b/benchtests/bench-timing.h
index 5b9a8384bb..844a7727c9 100644
--- a/benchtests/bench-timing.h
+++ b/benchtests/bench-timing.h
@@ -19,7 +19,11 @@ 
 #undef attribute_hidden
 #define attribute_hidden
 #define __clock_gettime clock_gettime
-#include <hp-timing.h>
+#ifdef USE_CLOCK_GETTIME
+# include <sysdeps/generic/hp-timing.h>
+#else
+# include <hp-timing.h>
+#endif
 #include <stdint.h>
 
 #define GL(x) _##x
-- 
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