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SubjectRe: Thunderbolt, Apple Monitor & MBA, and excess kworker load
On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 05:48:42PM +0200, Dominik Brodowski wrote:
> Hi,
> At work, I wish to attach a 27" Apple Display using thunderbolt to my Mac
> Book Air 4,2 13". Using OS X, it works fine, but as I prefer using Linux, I
> tested out Ubuntu's stock kernel and (among other) 3.5.0-rc3+ as of f40759e.
> Hotplug doesn't work (known issue), but also with coldplug the display
> reacts _very_ slow, way too slow for real use: The screen updates only every
> half second or so. Is this a known bug? Might something go afoul with
> kworker -- they need about 75% of the CPU with the large display attached,
> and less than 1% _without_ the large display.

It's not really a known bug, but it is known that Thunderbolt doesn't
work all that well, if at all, in Linux due to the BIOS issues that you
have run into (the hotplug stuff.)

Once the device is seen, it should just work like any other PCI device,
and so, that might be a DRM driver issue somehow.

greg k-h

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