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From: Yan, Zheng <zheng.z.yan <at> intel.com>
Subject: [PATCH 0/7] perf, x86: Haswell LBR call stack support
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel
Date: Wednesday 30th January 2013 06:30:50 UTC (over 3 years ago)
From: "Yan, Zheng" <[email protected]>

Haswell has a new feature that utilizes the existing Last Branch Record
facility to record call chains. When the feature is enabled, function
call will be collected as normal, but as return instructions are executed
the last captured branch record is popped from the on-chip LBR registers.
The LBR call stack facility can help perf to get call chains of progam 
without frame pointer. When perf tool requests PERF_SAMPLE_CALLCHAIN +
PERF_SAMPLE_BRANCH_USER, this feature is dynamically enabled by default.
This feature can be disabled/enabled through an attribute file in the cpu
pmu sysfs directory.

The LBR call stack has following known limitations
 1. Zero length calls are not filtered out by hardware
 2. Exception handing such as setjmp/longjmp will have calls/returns not
    match
 3. Pushing different return address onto the stack will have calls/returns
    not match

The patch series depends on Andi's "Basic perf PMU support for Haswell v1" 

Available from
    https://github.com/ukernel/linux.git
hws/pmu4

Regards
Yan, Zheng
 
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