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authorKan Liang <>2015-10-02 05:04:34 -0400
committerArnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>2015-10-02 17:07:55 -0300
commit19afd10410957b1c808c2c49a88e6dd8b23aa894 (patch)
tree7c00b3eb48b51e28c3d80b56bdd9c2e6066a4b1b /tools/perf/builtin-stat.c
parent9f065194e2a505bb6fd23946b410a0036e9de2ca (diff)
perf stat: Reduce min --interval-print to 10ms
The --interval-print parameter was limited to 100ms. However, for example, 10ms is required to do sophisticated bandwidth analysis using uncore events. The test shows that the overhead of the system-wide uncore monitoring with 10ms interval is only ~2%. So this patch reduces the minimal interval-print allowd to 10ms. But 10ms may not work well for all cases. For example, when the cpus/threads number is very large, for system-wide core event monitoring the overhead could be high. To handle this issue, a warning will be displayed when the interval-print is set between 10ms to 100ms. So users can make a decision according to their specific cases. # perf stat -e uncore_imc_1/cas_count_read/ -a --interval-print 10 -- sleep 1 print interval < 100ms. The overhead percentage could be high in some cases. Please proceed with caution. # time counts unit events 0.010200451 0.10 MiB uncore_imc_1/cas_count_read/ 0.020475117 0.02 MiB uncore_imc_1/cas_count_read/ 0.030692800 0.01 MiB uncore_imc_1/cas_count_read/ 0.040948161 0.02 MiB uncore_imc_1/cas_count_read/ 0.051159564 0.00 MiB uncore_imc_1/cas_count_read/ Signed-off-by: Kan Liang <> Acked-by: Jiri Olsa <> Cc: Andi Kleen <> Cc: Namhyung Kim <> Link: [ Added warning about overhead when using sub 100ms intervals to the man page ] Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>
Diffstat (limited to 'tools/perf/builtin-stat.c')
1 files changed, 9 insertions, 4 deletions
diff --git a/tools/perf/builtin-stat.c b/tools/perf/builtin-stat.c
index a96fb5c3bedb..5ef88f760b12 100644
--- a/tools/perf/builtin-stat.c
+++ b/tools/perf/builtin-stat.c
@@ -1179,7 +1179,7 @@ int cmd_stat(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix __maybe_unused)
OPT_STRING(0, "post", &post_cmd, "command",
"command to run after to the measured command"),
OPT_UINTEGER('I', "interval-print", &stat_config.interval,
- "print counts at regular interval in ms (>= 100)"),
+ "print counts at regular interval in ms (>= 10)"),
OPT_SET_UINT(0, "per-socket", &stat_config.aggr_mode,
"aggregate counts per processor socket", AGGR_SOCKET),
OPT_SET_UINT(0, "per-core", &stat_config.aggr_mode,
@@ -1332,9 +1332,14 @@ int cmd_stat(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix __maybe_unused)
if (interval && interval < 100) {
- pr_err("print interval must be >= 100ms\n");
- parse_options_usage(stat_usage, options, "I", 1);
- goto out;
+ if (interval < 10) {
+ pr_err("print interval must be >= 10ms\n");
+ parse_options_usage(stat_usage, options, "I", 1);
+ goto out;
+ } else
+ pr_warning("print interval < 100ms. "
+ "The overhead percentage could be high in some cases. "
+ "Please proceed with caution.\n");
if (perf_evlist__alloc_stats(evsel_list, interval))