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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] CPUFREQ: Enable acpi-cpufreq driver for VIA/Centaur CPUs
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On Mon June 8 2009, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>
> On Mon, 8 Jun 2009, Harald Welte wrote:
> >
> > The VIA/Centaur C7, C7-M and Nano CPU's all support ACPI based cpu p-states
> > using a MSR interface. The Linux driver just never made use of it, since in
> > addition to the check for the EST flag it also checked if the vendor is Intel.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Harald Welte <HaraldWelte@viatech.com>
> > ---
> > arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/acpi-cpufreq.c | 3 ++-
> > 1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/acpi-cpufreq.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/acpi-cpufreq.c
> > index 208ecf6..ee03585 100644
> > --- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/acpi-cpufreq.c
> > +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/acpi-cpufreq.c
> > @@ -90,7 +90,8 @@ static int check_est_cpu(unsigned int cpuid)
> > {
> > struct cpuinfo_x86 *cpu = &cpu_data(cpuid);
> >
> > - if (cpu->x86_vendor != X86_VENDOR_INTEL ||
> > + if ((cpu->x86_vendor != X86_VENDOR_INTEL &&
> > + cpu->x86_vendor != X86_VENDOR_CENTAUR) ||
> > !cpu_has(cpu, X86_FEATURE_EST))
>
> Hmm. This all really should be just
>
> static int check_est_cpu(unsigned int cpuid)
> {
> struct cpuinfo_x86 *cpu = &cpu_data(cpuid);
> return cpu_has(cpu, X86_FEATURE_EST);
> }
>
> I suspect, with no vendor tests. That's the whole _point_ of CPU features,
> after all.
>
> If some vendor claims EST but doesn't actually support the EST interfaces,
> we should just have fixups to clear the bit in the per-vendor cpuinfo
> code, not in some random driver.
>

Sounds like a plan to me - -

Shall we define a kernel 'cpu-feature' for the internal, adaptive
thermal/power/freq controller?

There are at least two cpufreq drivers that need to be able to check
for the feature
_and_
perhaps the clock/timing routines would need to know if it was there/enabled -

Since it is internal, on-chip, it will not be sending any notifications as
it adapts the core clock speed. (so much for 'loops/xSec').

Knowing that it is present and enabled would let the timing routines
establish non-loop counting measurements.

Mike
> The only thing that makes me nervous about this is how close to 2.6.30 we
> are. I'd be happier if this was resolved by doing this as a patch
> post-2.6.30, and then adding 'stable@kernel.org' as a Cc: tag, and
> backporting it to 2.6.30.1 if no problems appear.
>
> It's not like this is a regression, I think.
>
> Does that sound like a reasonable plan?
>
> Linus
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