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SubjectRe: thermal governor: does it actually work??
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Hi,

Borislav Petkov writes:
> On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 03:43:13AM +0100, Peter Feuerer wrote:
>> From 7b39bd8837de6dc5658ac3e54ac5d4df9d351528 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
>> From: Peter Feuerer <peter@piie.net>
>> Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:29:19 +0100
>> Subject: [PATCH] added two more trip points to acerhdf, this allows thermal
>> layer to correctly handle the two point regulation of acerhdf. Trip point 0
>> will be active from 0 degree to "fanoff" and is marked as passive, then trip
>> point 1 is valid from "fanoff" to "fanon" value and is marked as active,
>> even if it's only really active in case temperature is going down from trip
>> point 2. Trip point 2 will be valid above "fanon" value and is also marked
>> as active.
>
> Right, so this is clearly something new in the thermal pile of code. I
> still don't understand the big picture all that clearly but whatever...

Don't think so, I think this was already in since 2.6.<something> and I
assume with this patch applied, acerhdf works from at least this
2.6.<something> up to new 3.8 and will still work in the future.


>> ---
>> drivers/platform/x86/acerhdf.c | 15 ++++++++++++---
>> 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/platform/x86/acerhdf.c b/drivers/platform/x86/acerhdf.c
>> index f94467c..c36633b 100644
>> --- a/drivers/platform/x86/acerhdf.c
>> +++ b/drivers/platform/x86/acerhdf.c
>> @@ -400,6 +400,10 @@ static int acerhdf_get_trip_type(struct thermal_zone_device *thermal, int trip,
>> enum thermal_trip_type *type)
>> {
>> if (trip == 0)
>> + *type = THERMAL_TRIP_PASSIVE;
>> + if (trip == 1)
>> + *type = THERMAL_TRIP_ACTIVE;
>> + if (trip == 2)
>> *type = THERMAL_TRIP_ACTIVE;
>
> So, digging deep into thermal_sys.c, those naked numbers which we get
> handed down for 'trip' are some sort of trip points. Now, I'd very much
> like to know what those are and there are no defines what they mean -
> code simply iterates over a number of thermal_zone trips - tz->trips -
> and we (try to) act accordingly.

As far as I understand the code (and Documentation/thermal/cpu-cooling-api.txt),
the thermal api finds the appropriate trip point and then set's the fan to
the corresponding state, defined by the thermal/fan driver. This is nice
thing, if you can completely control the speed of the fan, because you have
then a good fan speed to temperature regulation. But we do only have a two
point regulation (on and off), that's why we have to handle our thresholds
within the trip=1 on our own to not get an all the time on-off-toggling of
the fan.


> Now this is very fragile, IMO.

I think this is how the developer of thermal_sys intended drivers to work.
But he forgot about two-point regulators (most probably because there's no
one besides acerhdf)


> /me stares at the code a bit more.
>
> Ok, from the looks of it, I'm guessing each driver has to do its own
> mapping of what each trip point is, IIUC. And the thermal_zone doodles
> over those and for those which the driver has defined, it asks the
> driver itself what it wants done (i.e. ->get_trip_temp) and, in our case
> it doesn't do anything...

I don't understand what you mean by "in our case it doesn't do anything",
acerhdf is reporting the trip temperatures correctly, when get_trip_temp is
called.



> Also, come to think of it, why don't we have THERMAL_TRIP_CRITICAL and
> THERMAL_TRIP_HOT trip types?

You are right, we should at least add the THERMAL_TRIP_CRITICAL, so that we
handle this, but I think we can ignore THERMAL_TRIP_HOT, as it is not really
serving anything of value in our case.


>
>> return 0;
>> @@ -409,6 +413,10 @@ static int acerhdf_get_trip_temp(struct thermal_zone_device *thermal, int trip,
>> unsigned long *temp)
>> {
>> if (trip == 0)
>> + *temp = 0;
>> + if (trip == 1)
>> + *temp = fanoff;
>> + if (trip == 2)
>> *temp = fanon;
>
> Maybe the critical and hot types need to go here? I.e., 3 and 4?

Yes, crit has to go there.


>
>> return 0;
>> @@ -486,7 +494,8 @@ static int acerhdf_set_cur_state(struct thermal_cooling_device *cdev,
>> (cur_temp < fanoff))
>> acerhdf_change_fanstate(ACERHDF_FAN_OFF);
>> } else {
>> - if (cur_state == ACERHDF_FAN_OFF)
>> + if ((cur_state == ACERHDF_FAN_OFF) &&
>> + (cur_temp > fanon))
>> acerhdf_change_fanstate(ACERHDF_FAN_AUTO);
>
> ... and we hook in into the thermal_cdev_update() call here and do the
> correction ourselves.

As I wrote above, the thermal_sys layer do not serve 2 point regulation per
se, but with this check, we are able to achieve it. - We've done this check
already partly before:
/* turn fan off only if below fanoff temperature */
if ((cur_state == ACERHDF_FAN_AUTO) &&
(cur_temp < fanoff))
acerhdf_change_fanstate(ACERHDF_FAN_OFF);


> Oh well. I need to befriend myself with the whole concept of thermal
> - still have a bad feeling about it, like a star wars character:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBknAcTaMiI :-)

I still think it is the right way to go, but maybe we should ask Durgadoss
R <durgadoss.r () intel.com>. It seems like he took over the thermal
handling by this commit:

commit 0c01ebbfd3caf1dc132e0d93c8e7e9f742839d94
Author: Durgadoss R <durgadoss.r()intel.com>
Date: Tue Sep 18 11:05:04 2012 +0530

Thermal: Remove throttling logic out of thermal_sys.c


have a nice sunday evening,
--peter;


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