What is skid

Skid is the distance between events which trigger the issue and the events which are actually caught by perf. To improve sampling accuracy, Intel brings in PEBS (Precise Event-Based Sampling), whilst AMD introduces IBS (Instruction-Based Sampling). Check the output of "perf list --help":

# perf list --help
The p modifier can be used for specifying how precise the instruction address should be. The p modifier can be specified multiple times:

       0 - SAMPLE_IP can have arbitrary skid
       1 - SAMPLE_IP must have constant skid
       2 - SAMPLE_IP requested to have 0 skid
       3 - SAMPLE_IP must have 0 skid, or uses randomization to avoid
           sample shadowing effects.

For Intel systems precise event sampling is implemented with PEBS which supports up to precise-level 2, and precise level 3 for some special cases

On AMD systems it is implemented using IBS (up to precise-level 2). 

Following command is an example which requires no skid for sampling mem-loads event.

# perf record -e "cpu/mem-loads/pp"

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