Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (3)Updated: July, 2003Local indexUp

NAME

pfm_get_impl_pmcs, pfm_get_impl_pmds, pfm_get_impl_counters,
pfm_get_num_counters, pfm_get_num_pmcs, pfm_get_num_pmds,
pfm_get_hw_counter_width - return
bitmask of implemented PMU registers or number of PMU registers

SYNOPSIS

#include <perfmon/pfmlib.h>int pfm_get_impl_pmcs(pfmlib_regmask_t *impl_pmcs);int pfm_get_impl_pmds(pfmlib_regmask_t *impl_pmds);int pfm_get_impl_counters(pfmlib_regmask_t *impl_counters);int pfm_get_num_counters(unsigned int *num);int pfm_get_num_pmcs(unsigned int *num);int pfm_get_num_pmds(unsigned int *num);int pfm_get_num_counters(unsigned int *num);int pfm_get_hw_counter_width(unsigned int *width);

DESCRIPTION

The pfm_get_impl_* functions can be used to figure out which
PMU registers are implemented on the host CPU. All implemented registers
may not necessarily be available to applications. Programs need to query
the operating system kernel monitoring interface to figure out the list
of available registers.

The pfm_get_impl_* functions all return a bitmask of registers corresponding to
the query. The bitmask pointer passed as argument is reset to zero by each function.
The returned bitmask must be accessed using the set of functions provided by the
library to ensure portability. See related man pages below.

The pfm_get_num_* functions return the number of implemented PMC or PMD
registers. Those numbers may be different from the actual number of registers
available to applications.

The pfm_get_impl_pmcs returns in impl_pmcs the bitmask of implemented PMCS.

The pfm_get_impl_pmds returns in impl_pmds the bitmask of implemented PMDS.

The pfm_get_impl_counters returns in impl_counters a bitmask of the PMD
registers used as counters. Depending on the PMU mode, not all PMD registers are
necessarily used as counters.

The pfm_get_num_counters function returns in num the number of PMD
used as counters. A counter is a PMD which is used to accumulate the
number of occurences of an event.

The pfm_get_num_pmcs function returns in num the number of
implemented PMCs by the host PMU.

The pfm_get_num_pmds function returns in num the number of
implemented PMDs by the host PMU.

The pfm_get_hw_counter_width function returns the width in bits of the
counters in width. PMU implementations can have different number of
bits implemented. For instance, Itanium has 32-bit counters, while Itanium
2 has 47-bits.

RETURN

The function returns whether or not it was successful.
A return value of PFMLIB_SUCCESS indicates success,
otherwise the value is the error code.

ERRORS

PFMLIB_ERR_NOINIT
the library has not been initialized properly.