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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Option to disable AMD C1E (allows dynticks to work)
On Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 03:41:06PM +0200, Eduard-Gabriel Munteanu wrote:
> On Fri, 14 Dec 2007 11:17:21 +0100
> Andi Kleen <andi@firstfloor.org> wrote:
>
> > >so do whatever is necessary to enable dynticks.
> >
> > dynticks' main purpose is to save power, but C1e saves more power.
> > Disabling C1e for dynticks would be a fairly useless default
> > trade off.
>
> I see. Also, AMD specs say that either higher C-states are enabled, or
> C1E, but not both at the same time. So if the BIOS doesn't offer an

AMD doesn't support states deeper than C1 on multi core currently, so
in general they don't matter much right now.

> Dynticks also provides lower latencies as far as I know.

The better solution there is to use HPET instead. Newer systems
generally have HPET already enabled in the BIOS and for older systems
hpet=force gains more and more support. So try that.

-Andi


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