Fix oprofile sampling of marked events on POWER7

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Maynard Johnson May 1, 2009, 5:17 p.m.
Change ppc64 oprofile kernel driver to use the SLOT bits (MMCRA[37:39]only on 
older processors where those bits are defined.

The performance monitor unit of the 64-bit POWER processor family has the 
ability to collect accurate instruction-level samples when profiling on marked 
events (i.e., "PM_MRK_<event-name>").  In processors prior to POWER6, the MMCRA 
register contained "slot information" that the oprofile kernel driver used to 
adjust the value latched in the SIAR at the time of a PMU interrupt.  But as of 
POWER6, these slot bits in MMCRA are no longer necessary for oprofile to use, 
since the SIAR itself holds the accurate sampled instruction address.  With 
POWER6, these MMCRA slot bits were zero'ed out by hardware so oprofile's use of 
these slot bits was, in effect, a NOP.  But with POWER7, these bits are no 
longer zero'ed out; however, they serve some other purpose rather than slot 
information.  Thus, using these bits on POWER7 to adjust the SIAR value results 
in samples being attributed to the wrong instructions.  The attached patch 
changes the oprofile kernel driver to ignore these slot bits on all newer 
processors starting with POWER6.


Signed-off-by: Maynard Johnson <>


diff -paur linux/arch/powerpc/oprofile/op_model_power4.c linux-p7-oprofile-patch//arch/powerpc/oprofile/op_model_power4.c
--- linux/arch/powerpc/oprofile/op_model_power4.c	2009-05-01 08:20:21.000000000 -0500
+++ linux-p7-oprofile-patch//arch/powerpc/oprofile/op_model_power4.c	2009-05-01 08:20:05.000000000 -0500
@@ -26,6 +26,7 @@ 
 static unsigned long reset_value[OP_MAX_COUNTER];
 static int oprofile_running;
+static int use_slot_nums;
 /* mmcr values are set in power4_reg_setup, used in power4_cpu_setup */
 static u32 mmcr0_val;
@@ -61,6 +62,12 @@  static int power4_reg_setup(struct op_co
 		mmcr0_val |= MMCR0_PROBLEM_DISABLE;
+	if (__is_processor(PV_POWER4) || __is_processor(PV_POWER4p) ||
+	    __is_processor(PV_970) || __is_processor(PV_970FX) ||
+	    __is_processor(PV_970MP) || __is_processor(PV_970GX) ||
+	    __is_processor(PV_POWER5) || __is_processor(PV_POWER5p))
+		use_slot_nums = 1;
 	return 0;
@@ -206,7 +213,7 @@  static unsigned long get_pc(struct pt_re
 	mmcra = mfspr(SPRN_MMCRA);
-	if (mmcra & MMCRA_SAMPLE_ENABLE) {
+	if (use_slot_nums && (mmcra & MMCRA_SAMPLE_ENABLE)) {
 		slot = ((mmcra & MMCRA_SLOT) >> MMCRA_SLOT_SHIFT);
 		if (slot > 1)
 			pc += 4 * (slot - 1);