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SubjectRe: [RFC] New Driver Model for 2.5

> That's why I prefer more explicit semantics:
>
> - Prepare sleep: Allocate enough memory to save state. For most
> devices, it will be a fixed quantity. In the case of devices that need
> per-request allocation, like USB of firewire, just allocate a limited
> pool. That means that you will eventually cause serialisation to
> happen when not needed and hurt perfs, but nobody will care at this
> point ;)
>
> - Suspend activity: There you lock your IO queues, set your busy flag
> or whatever, and wait for any pending IO to be completed. Interrupts
> are enabled, scheduling as well (and other CPUs). Each driver is
> responsible to properly block a process issuing a request (which should
> not be a problem to implement for most of them, a single semaphore
> is enough for simple drivers, drivers with IO queues just need to
> leave requests in the queues, etc...)
>
> - Set power state: Here you shut your device down for real. Interrupt
> are disabled. Only one CPU is still active (the others can be put in
> whatever state your arch allow, like a sleep loop or whatever...).

Ok, so we need another walk before we go to sleep.

But, first a question - does the swap device need to absolutely be the
last thing to stop taking requests? Or, can it stop after everything is
done allocating memory?

> The actual state save can be in step 2 or 3, we don't really care,
> it depends mostly on what is more convenient for the driver writer.

For most devices, it seems it could happen in the first, as well. They
should be fine with stopping I/O requests early on. It's only special
cases like swap and maybe one or two others that need an extra step,
right?

-pat

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