[PATCH v6 1/7] perf/core: Define the common branch type classification

Peter Zijlstra peterz at infradead.org
Mon Jul 10 23:46:58 AEST 2017

On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 08:10:50AM -0500, Segher Boessenkool wrote:

> > PERF_BR_INT is triggered by instruction "int" .
> > PERF_BR_IRQ is triggered by interrupts, traps, faults (the ring 0,3 
> > transition).
> So your "PERF_BR_INT" is a system call? 

The "INT" thing has indeed been used as system call mechanism (typically
INT 80). But these days we have special purpose syscall instructions.

It could maybe be compared to the PPC "Unconditional TRAP with
immediate" where you use the immediate value as an index into a handler

> And PERF_BR_IRQ is not an interrupt request (as its name suggests),
> not what we call an "external interrupt" either; instead it is every
> interrupt that is not a system call?

It is actual interrupts, but also faults, traps and all the other
exceptions not caused by "INT" I think.

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