bcc-llcstat man page

llcstat ā€” Summarize CPU cache references and misses by process. Uses Linux eBPF/bcc.

Synopsis

llcstat [-h] [-c SAMPLE_PERIOD] [duration]

Description

llcstat instruments CPU cache references and cache misses system-side, and summarizes them by PID and CPU. These events have different meanings on different architecture. For x86-64, they mean misses and references to LLC. This can be useful to locate and debug performance issues caused by cache hit rate.

This works by sampling corresponding events defined in uapi/linux/perf_event.h, namely PERF_COUNT_HW_CACHE_REFERENCES and PERF_COUNT_HW_CACHE_MISSES, using BPF perf event tracing. Upon each sampled event, the attached BPF program records the PID and CPU ID on which the event happened, and stores it in table.

This makes use of a Linux 4.9 feature (BPF_PROG_TYPE_PERF_EVENT).

Since this uses BPF, only the root user can use this tool.

Requirements

CONFIG_BPF and bcc.

Options

-h

Print usage message.

-c SAMPLE_PERIOD

Sample one in this many cache reference and cache miss events.

duration

Duration to trace, in seconds.

Examples

Sample one in 100 events, trace for 20 seconds:

# llcstat -c 100 20

Fields

PID

Process ID

NAME

Process name

CPU

CPU ID

REFERENCE

Number of cache reference events

MISS

Number of cache miss events

HIT%

Cache hit ratio

Source

This is from bcc.

https://github.com/iovisor/bcc

Also look in the bcc distribution for a companion _examples.txt file containing example usage, output, and commentary for this tool.

OS

Linux

Stability

Unstable - in development.

Author

Teng Qin

See Also

Perf can be used as a generic event counter tool. An example for LLC:

# perf top -e cache-misses -e cache-references -a -ns pid,cpu,comm

Info

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