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SubjectRe: Attempted summary of suspend-blockers LKML thread
On Mon, Aug 02, 2010 at 03:52:20PM +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> On Monday, August 02, 2010, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > On Sun, Aug 01, 2010 at 03:47:08PM -0700, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > > On Sun, 1 Aug 2010 12:12:28 -0700
> > > "Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> ...
> > > Another one: freezing whole cgroups..... we have that today. it
> > > actually works quite well.... of course the hard part is the decision
> > > what to put in which cgroup, and at what frequency and duration you let
> > > cgroups run.
> >
> > Indeed, the Android guys seemed to be quite excited by cgroup freezing
> > until they thought about the application-classification problem.
> > Seems like it should be easy for some types of applications, but I do
> > admit that apps can have non-trivial and non-obvious dependencies.
>
> This isn't more difficult than deciding which applications will be allowed to
> use wakelocks (in the wakelocks world). It actually seems to be pretty much
> equivalent to me. :-)

If I understand correctly, the problem they were concerned about was
instead "given that a certain set of apps are permitted to use wakelocks,
which of the other apps can safely be frozen when the display blanks
itself."

> > > on the suspend blockers for drivers; the linux device runtime PM is
> > > effectively doing the same things; it allows drivers to suspend/resume
> > > individually (with a very nice API/programming model I should say) based
> > > on usage. And it works on a tree level, so that it's relatively easy
> > > to do things like "I want to go to <this magic deep idle state>, but
> > > only if <this set of devices is suspended already>". This is obviously
> > > an important functionality for all low power devices, ARM or x86.
> > > Suspend blockers had this functionality as part of what it did (they do
> > > more obviously) but I'd wager that the current Linux infrastructure is
> > > outright nicer.
> >
> > This is what Rafael has been working on?
>
> If you mean the runtime PM framework, then yes, I've been working on it.
>
> > Of course, the Android guys also want to pay attention to which apps
> > are running as well as to the state of devices on the system.
>
> In fact the runtime PM framework is also important to Android, because it
> can be used in there, for example, to implement the "early suspend" thing
> I referred to in one of my previous messages in this thread.

Now we just need to convince the Android guys of that. ;-)

Thanx, Paul


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