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[Qemu-devel] [RFC PATCH 0/3] (Resend) TranslationBlock annotation mechan

From: Peer Adelt
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [RFC PATCH 0/3] (Resend) TranslationBlock annotation mechanism
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:55:20 +0100

Hey guys :)

We have developed a generic concept to annotate TranslationBlocks during
runtime. The initial idea was to use it for time annotation with data from
static analysis tools. However, we have kept this approach as generic as
possible to allow other kinds of annotation (e.g. power consumption, etc.).

Our extension expects an XML file specifying the CFG of the program (similar
to what you get from "gcc -ftree-dump-cfg"), where the edges are annotated
with the data, that QEMU ought to accumulate during program execution. Each
edge has a source and target context in which it is executed.
For example: a for-loop that runs several times has its own context dependent
edge for each iteration. We plan on making this more flexible by allowing
to specify iterative context edges, i.e. from context n to context n+1.

This approach is not limited to one target architecture but we only tested
it for ARM and TriCore so far.

To show the current state of this patch we have attached a very small example
consisting of an ARM STM32F205 program and a timing annotation XML file (see
reply to this letter). You can provide the XML file to QEMU with the 
"-annotation <XML-File>" option. During execution, the "value_sum" field of
the CPUState data structure will accumulate a total value of 70 (cycles).

Are there any comments? Is this in general a good idea to be added to upstream

All the best,

Peer Adelt (3):
  tb-annotation: Added annotation XML file parser
  tb-annotation: Add control flow graph mapper
  tb-annotation: Activate annotation extension

 Makefile                                     |   5 +-
 Makefile.objs                                |   4 +
 Makefile.target                              |   4 +-
 configure                                    |  13 ++
 include/exec/gen-icount.h                    |  18 +++
 include/qom/cpu.h                            |   9 ++
 include/tb-annotation/tb-annotation-parser.h |  29 +++++
 include/tb-annotation/tb-annotation.h        |  64 ++++++++++
 qemu-options.hx                              |   8 ++
 tb-annotation/Makefile.objs                  |   1 +
 tb-annotation/tb-annotation-parser.c         | 174 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 tcg-runtime.c                                |  99 +++++++++++++++
 tcg/tcg-runtime.h                            |   4 +
 vl.c                                         |  25 ++++
 14 files changed, 454 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 include/tb-annotation/tb-annotation-parser.h
 create mode 100644 include/tb-annotation/tb-annotation.h
 create mode 100644 tb-annotation/Makefile.objs
 create mode 100644 tb-annotation/tb-annotation-parser.c


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