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LIBPFM

LIBPFM

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (3) Updated: September, 2006
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NAME

pfm_get_cycle_event, pfm_get_inst_retired_event - get basic event descriptors

 

SYNOPSIS

#include <perfmon/pfmlib.h>

int pfm_get_cycle_event(pfmlib_event_t *ev);
int pfm_get_inst_retired_event(pfmlib_event_t *ev);

 

DESCRIPTION

In order to build very simple geenric examples that work across all PMU models, the library provides a way to retrieve information about two basic events that are present in most PMU models: cycles and instruction retired. The first event, cycles, counts the number of elapsed cycles. The second event, instruction retired, counts the number of instructions that have executed and retired from the processor pipeline. Depending on the PMU model, there may be variations in the exact definition of those events. The library provides this information on a best effort basis. User must refer to PMU model specific documentation to validate the event definition.

The pfm_get_cycle_event function returns in ev the event and optional unit mask descriptors for the event that counts elapsed cycles. Depending on the PMU model, there may be unit mask(s) necessary to count cycles. Application must check the value returned in ev->num_masks.

The pfm_get_inst_retired_event function returns in ev the event and optional unit mask descriptors for the event that counts the number of retured instruction. Depending on the PMU model, there may be unit mask(s) necessary to count retired instructions. Application must check the value returned in ev->num_masks.

 

RETURN

All functions return whether or not the call 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.
PFMLIB_ERR_INVAL
the ev parameter is NULL.
PFMLIB_ERR_NOTSUPP
the host PMU does not define an event to count cycles or instructions retired.
 

AUTHOR

Stephane Eranian <eranian@hpl.hp.com>


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
RETURN
ERRORS
AUTHOR

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