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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for i386_pmc_startstop (netbsd section 2)

I386_PMC_INFO(2)		   BSD/i386 System Calls Manual 		 I386_PMC_INFO(2)

NAME
     i386_pmc_info, i386_pmc_startstop, i386_pmc_read -- interface to CPU performance counters

LIBRARY
     i386 Architecture Library (libi386, -li386)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <sys/types.h>
     #include <machine/sysarch.h>
     #include <machine/specialreg.h>

     int
     i386_pmc_info(struct i386_pmc_info_args *ia);

     int
     i386_pmc_startstop(struct i386_pmc_startstop_args *ssa);

     int
     i386_pmc_read(struct i386_pmc_read_args *ra);

DESCRIPTION
     These functions provide an interface to the CPU performance counters on the 586-class and
     686-class processors.

     i386_pmc_info() will return information about the available CPU counters.	The information
     is returned in ia having the following structure:

     struct i386_pmc_info_args {
	     int     type;
	     int     flags;
     };

     The type member describes the class of performance counters available.  Valid values are:

	   PMC_TYPE_NONE    No PMC support
	   PMC_TYPE_I586    586-class CPUs
	   PMC_TYPE_I686    686-class Intel CPUs
	   PMC_TYPE_K7	    686-class AMD CPUs

     The flags member describes additional capabilities of the processor.  Valid values are:

	   PMC_INFO_HASTSC  CPU has time-stamp counter

     i386_pmc_startstop() is used to start and stop the measurement of the CPU performance coun-
     ters.  The argument ssa has the following structure:

     struct i386_pmc_startstop_args {
	     int counter;
	     uint64_t val;
	     uint8_t event;
	     uint8_t unit;
	     uint8_t compare;
	     uint8_t flags;
     };

     The counter specified by the member counter is started if the member flags has PMC_SET-
     UP_KERNEL or PMC_SETUP_USER set, otherwise the counter is stopped.  The initial value of the
     counter is set to val.  Additional values for the flags member are PMC_SETUP_EDGE and
     PMC_SETUP_INV.  The event member specifies some event written to the control register.  The
     unit member specifies the measurement units.  The compare member is a mask for the counter.

     i386_pmc_read() will return information about a specific CPU counter measured during the
     last measurement period determined by the calling of i386_pmc_startstop().  The information
     is returned in ra having the following structure:

     struct i386_pmc_read_args {
	     int counter;
	     uint64_t val;
	     uint64_t time;
     };

     The counter to read should be specified by the counter member.  Counters are numbered from 0
     to PMC_NCOUNTERS.	The value of the counter is returned in the val member.  The time since
     epoch, measured in CPU clock cycles, is returned in the time member.

RETURN VALUES
     Upon successful completion zero is returned, otherwise -1 is returned on failure.

BSD					November 10, 2001				      BSD


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