oprofile support?

I’ve been trying to get oprofile results for jitted code without success. I built an 3.5.0 llvm with oprofile enabled, and tested it with lli on a small test case. I built the latest oprofile from the git repository.

Debugging I can see that lli is registering the listener and making the oprofile calls to the libopagent api to specify the names and address ranges of jit’d routines, and even the line number information. And the oprofile agent is writing infomation to /tmp/.oprofile/jitdump. But although oprofile counts lots of samples but doesnt attribute them to the jit’d code. When execution finishes oprofile runs opjitconv to report the jit counts but doesn’t see how to attribute them so drops them on the floor.
Working with one of the primary oprofile developers, Maynard Johnson, we’ve got a couple of theories:

  1. oprofile jit code support doesn’t actually work with MCJIT yet. Although its supposed to work there are no examples we could find in recent web history. Does anyone have a working example?

  2. Using a small test case the jit’d code is on a small region of heap memory. Because it isnt marked as anonymous (as it would be if it came from an mmap/large malloc request) oprofile ignores the samples. I would have though it would attribute those samples to lli which owns its heap. Perhaps that’s a bug?

My test case is this little C program converted to IR and run with lli:


#include <stdio.h>
int fib_left(int);
int fib_right(int);
int fib_left(int i) {
if (i < 2) return 1;
return fib_left(i-1) + fib_right(i-2); }
int fib_right(int i) { if (i < 2) return 1;
return fib_left(i-1) + fib_right(i-2); }
int fib(int i) { if (i < 2) return 1;
return fib_left(i-1) + fib_right(i-2); }

int main() {
int i = 45; printf(“fib(%d) == %d\n”, i, fib(i)); }

$clang -g -S -emit-llvm -o loopy.ll loopy.c

$ operf -Vdebug -e CPU_CLK_UNHALTED:5000000 lli -debug-only=“oprofile-jit-event-listener” loopy.ll
Using samples dir /home/dad/oprofile_data/samples
Kernel profiling is not possible with current system config
Set /proc/sys/kernel/kptr_restrict to 0 to collect kernel samples.
Exec args are: lli -debug-only=oprofile-jit-event-listener loopy.ll
telling child to start app
app 47033 is running
parent says start app /usr/local/bin/lli
Forking read pid
going into waitpid on profiled app 47033
Successfully read header info for sample data
Converting operf data to oprofile sample data format
sample type is 43
operf: Profiler started
Connected to OProfile agent. <<< from the jit event listener code
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893014 to loopy.c:13 <<< adding debug line information in the listener
Mapping 0x7f5ed689301f to loopy.c:13
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893032 to loopy.c:13
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893054 to loopy.c:14
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893079 to loopy.c:9
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893082 to loopy.c:9
Mapping 0x7f5ed689308e to loopy.c:10
Mapping 0x7f5ed68930a1 to loopy.c:10
Mapping 0x7f5ed68930b8 to loopy.c:10
Mapping 0x7f5ed68930d9 to loopy.c:5
Mapping 0x7f5ed68930e2 to loopy.c:5
Mapping 0x7f5ed68930ee to loopy.c:6
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893101 to loopy.c:6
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893118 to loopy.c:6
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893139 to loopy.c:7
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893142 to loopy.c:7
Mapping 0x7f5ed689314e to loopy.c:8
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893161 to loopy.c:8
Mapping 0x7f5ed6893178 to loopy.c:8
fib(45) == 1836311903
profiled app ended normally.
operf recording finished.
Total bytes recorded from perf events: 226136
operf-record process returned OK
operf_read: Total bytes received from operf_record process: 225952
Calling _do_jitdump_convert <<<< oprofile converting jit sample information
start time/end time is 1413559198/1413559208
opjitconv: Ending with rc = 2. This code is usually OK, but can be useful for debugging purposes.
JIT dump processing complete.
operf-read process returned OK

Profiling done.

$ opreport
Using /home/dad/oprofile_data/samples/ for samples directory.
CPU: Intel Haswell microarchitecture, speed 3498 MHz (estimated)
Counted CPU_CLK_UNHALTED events (Clock cycles when not halted) with a unit mask of 0x00 (No unit mask) count 5000000
samples> %|

The fact that you are getting line number information leads me to believe that whether you intended it or not you are using the old JIT (which is now gone), not MCJIT. The “Mapping 0x7f5ed6893032 to loopy.c:13” lines come from a path called through NotifyFunctionEmitted and as far as I know nothing in MCJIT calls that.

At one time oprofile support worked completely with the old JIT. It sounds like you might have a build where the old JIT was partially dismantled. That may or may not be why things aren’t working for you.

With MCJIT, I would expect that oprofile support would work, minus line numbers. I’m not sure about that though, as I haven’t tried anything with oprofile and MCJIT for a couple of years and the code has changed a lot recently.

I’m not sure this is relevant, but I seem to recall having had to run oprofile for system level profiling. Perhaps the registration mechanism isn’t passing through enough information to associate the addresses it is registering with the process you are profiling.

Incidentally, it should be possible to get line number support with oprofile and MCJIT. It just isn’t implemented yet.


I haven’t gotten operf to work with JIT’d code, but opcontrol seems to work ok if you can accept its unreliability. We’ve since switched to using perf, and haven’t looked back.

Mi Maurice,

A follow up to Andy’s comments: MCJIT can find line numbers for ELF files, at least in limited circumstances. I know because I broke the regression test for it while doing some cleanup recently. :wink:

Looking at lib/ExecutionEngine/OProfileJIT/OProfileJITEventListener.cpp, I see the line:

// TODO: support line number info (similar to IntelJITEventListener.cpp)

From a glance at IntelJITEventListener, I think it would be easy to copy the line number support in there over to OProfileJITEventListener.


Hi Lang. Thanks for that tip! That’s a good idea/

If that works when you test it, could you send a patch to commits list?