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SubjectRe: [PATCH] thermal/drivers/step_wise: Fix temperature regulation misbehavior
On Wed, Sep 06, 2017 at 08:58:46AM +0200, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
> There is a particular situation when the cooling device is cpufreq and the heat
> dissipation is not efficient enough where the temperature increases little by
> little until reaching the critical threshold and leading to a SoC reset.
>
> The behavior is reproducible on a hikey6220 with bad heat dissipation (eg.
> stacked with other boards).
>
> Running a simple C program doing while(1); for each CPU of the SoC makes the
> temperature to reach the passive regulation trip point and ends up to the
> maximum allowed temperature followed by a reset.
>
> What is observed is a ping pong between two cpu frequencies, 1.2GHz and 900MHz
> while the temperature continues to grow.
>
> It appears the step wise governor calls get_target_state() the first time with
> the throttle set to true and the trend to 'raising'. The code selects logically
> the next state, so the cpu frequency decreases from 1.2GHz to 900MHz, so far so
> good. The temperature decreases immediately but still stays greater than the
> trip point, then get_target_state() is called again, this time with the
> throttle set to true *and* the trend to 'dropping'. From there the algorithm
> assumes we have to step down the state and the cpu frequency jumps back to
> 1.2GHz. But the temperature is still higher than the trip point, so
> get_target_state() is called with throttle=1 and trend='raising' again, we jump
> to 900MHz, then get_target_state() is called with throttle=1 and
> trend='dropping', we jump to 1.2GHz, etc ... but the temperature does not
> stabilizes and continues to increase.
>
> Keeping the next_target untouched when 'throttle' is true at 'dropping' time
> fixes the issue.

Can you maybe elaborate a bit more on "fixes the issue"? May be worth
adding to the commit message a log of thermal trace events showing which
cooling states the step wise governor chooses before and after your
change.

>
> Signed-off-by: Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano@linaro.org>
> ---
> drivers/thermal/step_wise.c | 8 +++++---
> 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/drivers/thermal/step_wise.c b/drivers/thermal/step_wise.c
> index be95826..a01259a 100644
> --- a/drivers/thermal/step_wise.c
> +++ b/drivers/thermal/step_wise.c
> @@ -94,9 +94,11 @@ static unsigned long get_target_state(struct thermal_instance *instance,
> if (!throttle)
> next_target = THERMAL_NO_TARGET;
> } else {
> - next_target = cur_state - 1;
> - if (next_target > instance->upper)
> - next_target = instance->upper;
> + if (!throttle) {
> + next_target = cur_state - 1;
> + if (next_target > instance->upper)
> + next_target = instance->upper;
> + }
> }
> break;
> case THERMAL_TREND_DROP_FULL:
> --
> 2.7.4
>

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