CPC_ENABLE(3CPC) CPU Performance Counters Library Functions CPC_ENABLE(3CPC)

cpc_enable, cpc_disable - enable and disable performance counters

cc [ flag... ] file... -lcpc [ library... ]
#include <libcpc.h>
int cpc_enable(cpc_t *cpc);

int cpc_disable(cpc_t *cpc);

In certain applications, it can be useful to explicitly enable and disable performance counters at different times so that the performance of a critical algorithm can be examined. The cpc_enable() and cpc_disable() functions can be used to enable and disable the performance counters without otherwise disturbing the invoking LWP's performance hardware configuration.

Upon successful completion, cpc_enable() and cpc_disable() return 0. Otherwise, they return -1 and set errno to indicate the error.

These functions will fail if:


The associated performance counter context has been invalidated by another process.


No performance counter context has been created for the calling LWP.

Example 1 Use cpc_enable and cpc_disable to minimize code needed by application.

In the following example, the cpc_enable() and cpc_disable() functions are used to minimize the amount of code that needs to be added to the application. The cputrack(1) command can be used in conjunction with these functions to provide event programming, sampling, and reporting facilities.

If the application is instrumented in this way and then started by cputrack with the nouser flag set in the event specification, counting of user events will only be enabled around the critical code section of interest. If the program is run normally, no harm will ensue.

main(int argc, char *argv[])

cpc_t *cpc = cpc_open(CPC_VER_CURRENT);
/* ... application code ... */
if (cpc != NULL)
(void) cpc_enable(cpc);
/* ==> Code to be measured goes here <== */
if (cpc != NULL)
(void) cpc_disable(cpc);
/* ... other application code */ }

See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

Interface Stability Evolving
MT-Level Safe

cputrack(1), cpc(3CPC), cpc_open(3CPC), libcpc(3LIB), attributes(7)

January 31, 2005 OmniOS