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Subject[PATCH v2 0/1] arm: remove cpu_efficiency
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v1: review results [1]:

Vincent pointed out that there is a superfluous continue statement in
parse_dt_topology(). Got rid of it.
Krzysztof Kozlowski took the exynos and Simon Horman the renesas related
dt bits into their for-next (v4.15) branches.

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For Cortex-A15/A7 arm big.LITTLE systems there are currently two ways to
set the cpu capacity.

The first one (commit 06073ee26775 "ARM: 8621/3: parse cpu
capacity-dmips-mhz from DT") is based on dt 'cpu capacity-dmips-mhz'
bindings and the appropriate dt parsing code in
drivers/base/arch_topology.c. It further takes differences in maximum
cpu frequency values into consideration, normalizes the maximum cpu
capacity to SCHED_CAPACITY_SCALE (1024) and scales all the cpus
accordingly.

cpu capacity = (capacity-dmips-mhz * max cpu frequency) /
(max capacity-dmips-mhz * max (max cpu frequency)

This solution is shared between arm and arm64 and works for other
combinations of big and little cpus (besides Cortex-A15/A7) as well.

The second one (commit 339ca09d7ada "ARM: 7463/1: topology: Update
cpu_power according to DT information" is based on the 'struct
cpu_efficiency table_efficiency[]' and the dt parsing code in
arch/arm/kernel/topology.c. It further requires a clock-frequency
property per cpu node, calculates a so called middle frequency for an
average cpu in the system which is as close as possible to
SCHED_CAPACITY_SCALE (1024) and uses this to compute the cpu capacity
values.

cpu capacity = (cpu efficiency * clock frequency) / middle capacity

This solution only works for Cortex-A15/A7 arm big.LITTLE systems.

The aim of this patch is to have only one solution for all arm and arm64
big.LITTLE platforms.

(1) Therefore, it removes the code for the 'cpu_efficiency/
clock-frequency dt property' (second) solution.

(2) Moreover, it will also assure that the highest original cpu capacity
(rq->cpu_capacity_orig) in a non-smt system is SCHED_CAPACITY_SCALE
(1024).

(3) And finally, another advantage is the dynamic detection of the max
cpu frequency which comes with the first solution instead of the
static clock-frequency dt property value.

Currently, the arm dt parsing code in parse_dt_topology() checks if the
dt uses the capacity-dmips-mhz property. If this is the case it uses
the first, otherwise the second solution. This patch removes the code
for the second solution from arch/arm/kernel/topology.c.

With the dt related patches for exynos and renesas now in the
appropriated for-next branches for v4.15 there are no Cortex-A15/A7 arm
big.LITTLE systems left relying on the 'cpu_efficiency/clock-frequency
dt property' based solution anymore.

This patch has been tested on TC2 and Samsung Chromebook 2 13"
(peach-pi, Exynos 5800).

[1] https://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=150410411807050&w=2

Changes v1->v2:

- Rebase on top of v4.14-rc4
- Remove superfluous continue statement in parse_dt_topology()
[01/04]
- Remove 'cpu capacity scale management' and 'cpu capacity table'
related comments [01/04]
- Remove dt related patches [02-04/04]

Dietmar Eggemann (1):
arm: topology: remove cpu_efficiency

arch/arm/kernel/topology.c | 132 ++-------------------------------------------
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 128 deletions(-)

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