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SubjectRe: [PATCH V2 1/5] sched: idle: cpuidle: Check the latency req before idle
On 10/28/2014 04:51 AM, Preeti Murthy wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
> On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM, Daniel Lezcano
> <> wrote:
>> When the pmqos latency requirement is set to zero that means "poll in all the
>> cases".
>> That is correctly implemented on x86 but not on the other archs.
>> As how is written the code, if the latency request is zero, the governor will
>> return zero, so corresponding, for x86, to the poll function, but for the
>> others arch the default idle function. For example, on ARM this is wait-for-
>> interrupt with a latency of '1', so violating the constraint.
> This is not true actually. On PowerPC the idle state 0 has an exit_latency of 0.
>> In order to fix that, do the latency requirement check *before* calling the
>> cpuidle framework in order to jump to the poll function without entering
>> cpuidle. That has several benefits:
> Doing so actually hurts on PowerPC. Because the idle loop defined for
> idle state 0 is different from what cpu_relax() does in cpu_idle_loop().
> The spinning is more power efficient in the former case. Moreover we also set
> certain register values which indicate an idle cpu. The ppc_runlatch bits
> do precisely this. These register values are being read by some user space
> tools. So we will end up breaking them with this patch
> My suggestion is very well keep the latency requirement check in
> kernel/sched/idle.c
> like your doing in this patch. But before jumping to cpu_idle_loop verify if the
> idle state 0 has an exit_latency > 0 in addition to your check on the
> latency_req == 0.
> If not, you can fall through to the regular path of calling into the
> cpuidle driver.
> The scheduler can query the cpuidle_driver structure anyway.
> What do you think?

Thanks for reviewing the patch and spotting this.

Wouldn't make sense to create:

void __weak_cpu_idle_poll(void) ?

and override it with your specific poll function ?

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