pfm_get_cycle_event, pfm_get_inst_retired_event - get basic event
int pfm_get_cycle_event(pfmlib_event_t *ev);
int pfm_get_inst_retired_event(pfmlib_event_t *ev);
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
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.
All functions return whether or not the call was successful. A return
value of PFMLIB_SUCCESS indicates success, otherwise the value is the
PFMLIB_ERR_NOINIT the library has not been initialized properly.
the ev parameter is NULL.
the host PMU does not define an event to count cycles or
AUTHOR Stephane Eranian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
September, 2006 LIBPFM(3)