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I386_PMC_INFO(2)          System Calls Manual (i386)          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 <&lt;sys/types.h>&gt;
     #include <&lt;machine/sysarch.h>&gt;
     #include <&lt;machine/specialreg.h>&gt;

     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 counters.  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_SETUP_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.

NetBSD 6.1.5                   November 10, 2001                  NetBSD 6.1.5