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SubjectRe: RFC: A proposal for power capping through forced idle in the Linux Kernel
On Tue 2009-12-22 13:10:36, Salman Qazi wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 9:04 AM, Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz> wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> >
> >> Why not use voltage and frequency scaling?
> >>
> >> Forced Idle Injection is more effective[1] and more widely available.
> >> Even with voltage and frequency scaling, interpolation is needed
> >> between the available settings. So, if we did use voltage and
> >
> > It is only more efficient on new hardware.
> >
> > You should also explain 'why not throttling' because that is actually
> > designed for power capping.
>
> Do you mean t-states?

Yes.

> >> Application to Laptops and Cellphones:
> >>
> >> Imagine being in a tent in Death Valley with a laptop. You are bored,
> >> and you want to watch a movie. However, you also want to do your best
> >> to make the battery last and watch as much of the movie as possible.
> >> Forced idle power capping is a solution. If your machine has a knob
> >> that allows you to control the available power, you can turn that knob
> >> until your video starts getting choppy. And then, turn the knob back
> >
> > That's bad example. Video player should already sleep between frames.
>
> Yes, the video player should sleep. However, there will be other
> things running. And certainly, it is possible to cap the power and
> discriminate so that those things are prevented from running while the
> video player is allowed to run with minimal latency impact.

I don't see how it would work without much of extra setup. Lets say
your windowmanager wants to do some work, and you starve it
indefinitely?
Pavel
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