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SubjectRE: [PATCH v2] cpuidle: poll_state: Add time limit to poll_idle()
On 2018.03.23 02:08 Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 9:57 AM, Rafael J. Wysocki <> wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 4:19 AM, Doug Smythies <> wrote:
>>> On 2018.03.22 12:12 Doug Smythies wrote:


>>> I'm not sure how good it is but I made a test. I didn't believe
>>> the results, so I did it 3 times.
>>> V7.3 is as from the git branch.
>>> V7.3p is plus the patch adding the counter loop to poll_state.c
>>> The test is a tight loop (about 19600 loops per second) running
>>> on all 8 CPUs. I can not seem to get my system to use Idle State
>>> 0, so I disabled Idle States 1 and 2 to force use of Idle State 0.
>>> V7.3 uses a processor package power of 62.5 Watts
>>> V7.3p uses a processor package power of 53.4 Watts, or 14.6% less power.
>>> The loop times do not change.
>>> The Idle state 0 residency per unit time does not change.
>> OK, so this means that the results should improve for Rik with this
>> patch too. :-)

I hope so.

> BTW, can you possibly check how much of a difference it makes to
> reduce POLL_IDLE_COUNT in the patch to, say, 500 or even more?
> The lower it is, the less noise it will introduce AFAICS.

Well, we would expect the curve to be something like a typical 1/x curve:

Power = 53.4 + k1/(k2* POLL_IDLE_COUNT + k3)

I did some runs and did a crude fit:

Power ~= 53.4 + 35/(POLL_IDLE_COUNT + 3)

And then calculate an allowed error from that. A count of 100 gives
back only 0.64% of the power, and so I suggest would be a reasonable

That being said, my test is quite crude and we should first see what
others, including Rik, get.

These two graphs might help explain what I did:

It is just my opinion, but I think users with very stringent
idle state 0 exit latency requirements should test with
POLL_IDLE_COUNT set to 1. Then they know the worst case works,
whereas they might not hit it at 1/POLL_IDLE_COUNT probability.
Once happy that the worst case works, use nominal (T.B.D.)
POLL_IDLE_COUNT, for the power savings.

... Doug

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