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SubjectRe: [RFC/RFT] [PATCH 03/10] cpufreq: intel_pstate: Utility functions to boost HWP performance limits
On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 09:49:04PM -0700, Srinivas Pandruvada wrote:
> Setup necessary infrastructure to be able to boost HWP performance on a
> remote CPU. First initialize data structure to be able to use
> smp_call_function_single_async(). The boost up function simply set HWP
> min to HWP max value and EPP to 0. The boost down function simply restores
> to last cached HWP Request value.
>
> To avoid reading HWP Request MSR during dynamic update, the HWP Request
> MSR value is cached in the local memory. This caching is done whenever
> HWP request MSR is modified during driver init on in setpolicy() callback
> path.

The patch does two independent things; best to split that.


> diff --git a/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c b/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c
> index f686bbe..dc7dfa9 100644
> --- a/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c
> +++ b/drivers/cpufreq/intel_pstate.c
> @@ -221,6 +221,9 @@ struct global_params {
> * preference/bias
> * @epp_saved: Saved EPP/EPB during system suspend or CPU offline
> * operation
> + * @hwp_req_cached: Cached value of the last HWP request MSR

That's simply not true given the code below.

> @@ -763,6 +768,7 @@ static void intel_pstate_hwp_set(unsigned int cpu)
> intel_pstate_set_epb(cpu, epp);
> }
> skip_epp:
> + cpu_data->hwp_req_cached = value;
> wrmsrl_on_cpu(cpu, MSR_HWP_REQUEST, value);
> }
>
> @@ -1381,6 +1387,39 @@ static void intel_pstate_get_cpu_pstates(struct cpudata *cpu)
> intel_pstate_set_min_pstate(cpu);
> }
>
> +
> +static inline void intel_pstate_hwp_boost_up(struct cpudata *cpu)
> +{
> + u64 hwp_req;
> + u8 max;
> +
> + max = (u8) (cpu->hwp_req_cached >> 8);
> +
> + hwp_req = cpu->hwp_req_cached & ~GENMASK_ULL(31, 24);
> + hwp_req = (hwp_req & ~GENMASK_ULL(7, 0)) | max;
> +
> + wrmsrl(MSR_HWP_REQUEST, hwp_req);
> +}
> +
> +static inline void intel_pstate_hwp_boost_down(struct cpudata *cpu)
> +{
> + wrmsrl(MSR_HWP_REQUEST, cpu->hwp_req_cached);
> +}

This is not a traditional msr shadow; that would be updated on every
wrmsr. There is not a comment in sight explaining why this one is
different.

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