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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/8] Suspend block api (version 6)
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On Monday 03 May 2010, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Mon, May 03, 2010 at 09:40:26AM -0700, Kevin Hilman wrote:
>
> > At least from the kernel perspective, both suspend blockers and
> > runtime PM have the same goal. Given that, which framework should the
> > driver writer target? Both? Seems like duplicate effort. Using
> > suspend blockers assumes the system is in opportunitstic suspend mode
> > and (at least in the keypad example given) assumes a suspend-blocker
> > aware userspace (Android.) Without both, targeted power savings will
> > not be acheived.
>
> The other concern here is that for many mobile systems the actual
> semantic intended by "suspend" as it's currently used is more runtime PM
> like than full suspend - the classic example of this is that when
> suspending while on a call in a phone you don't want to suspend the
> modem or audio CODEC, you want to leave them running. If you use a full
> system suspend then the drivers for affected components have to play
> guessing games (or add currently non-standard knobs for apps to twiddle)
> to decide if the system intends them to actually implement the suspend
> or not but with runtime PM it all falls out very naturally without any
> effort on the part of the driver.
>
> > To me, runtime PM is a generic and flexible approach that can be used
> > with any userspace. Driver writers should not have to care whether
> > the system is in "opportunistic" mode or about whether userspace is
> > suspend blocker capable. They should only have to think about when
> > the device is (or should be) idle.
>
> I fully agree with this. We do need to ensure that a runtime PM based
> system can suspend the CPU core and RAM as well as system suspend can
> but that seems doable.

I _think_ it would be hard at least. On ACPI-based systems it's not doable at
all AFAICS.

However, the real question is whether or not the opportunistic suspend feature
is worth adding to the kernel as such and I think it is.

To me, it doesn't duplicate the runtime PM framework which is aimed at the power
management of individual devices rather than the system as a whole.

Thanks,
Rafael


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