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SubjectRe: linux-2.6.0-test2: Never using pm_idle (CPU wasting power)
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On Thursday 31 July 2003 15.07, Christian Vogel wrote:
> Hi,
>
> on a Thinkpad 600X I noticed the CPU getting very hot. It turned
> out that pm_idle was never called (which invokes the ACPI pm_idle
> call in this case) and default_idle was used instead.
>
> /* arch/i386/kernel/process.c, line 723 */
> void cpu_idle (void)
> {
> /* endless idle loop with no priority at all */
> while (1) {
> void (*idle)(void) = pm_idle;
> if (!idle)
> idle = default_idle; /* once on bootup */
> irq_stat[smp_processor_id()].idle_timestamp = jiffies;
> while (!need_resched())
> idle();
> schedule(); /* never reached */
> }
> }
>
> The schedule() is never reached (need_resched() is never 0) and
> so the idle-variable is not updated. pm_idle is NULL on the
> first call to cpu_idle on this thinkpad, and so I stay idling
> in the default_idle()-function.
>

This smells preemptive kernel, correct?

> By moving the "void *idle = pm_idle; if(!idle)..." in the inner
> while()-loop the notebook calls pm_idle (as it get's updated by ACPI)
> and stays cool.
>

/RogerL

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Roger Larsson
Skellefteå
Sweden
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