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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Updated: Dynamic Tick version 050408-1 - C-state measures
Dominik Brodowski wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 19, 2005 at 11:03:30PM +0200, Thomas Renninger wrote:
>>>"All" we need to do is to update the "diff". Without dynamic ticks, if the
>>>idle loop didn't get called each jiffy, it was a big hint that there was so
>>>much activity in between, and if there is activity, there is most likely
>>>also bus master activity, or at least more work to do, so interrupt activity
>>>is likely. Therefore we assume there was bm_activity even if there was none.
>>If I understand this right you want at least wait 32 (or whatever value) ms if there was bm activity,
>>before it is allowed to trigger C3/C4?
> That's the theory of operation of the current algorithm. I think that we
> should do that small change to the current algorithm which allows us to keep
> C3/C4 working with dyn-idle first, and then think of a very small abstraction
> layer to test different idle algroithms, and -- possibly -- use different
> ones for different usages.
>>I think the problem is (at least I made the experience with this particular
>>machine) that bm activity comes very often and regularly (each 30-150ms?).
>>I think the approach to directly adjust the latency to a deeper sleep state if the
>>average bus master and OS activity is low is very efficient.
>>Because I don't consider whether there was bm_activity the last ms, I only
>>consider the average, it seems to happen that I try to trigger
>>C3/C4 when there is just something copied and some bm active ?!?
> I don't think that this is perfect behaviour: if the system is idle, and
> there is _currently_ bus master activity, the CPU should be put into C1 or
> C2 type sleep. If you select C3 and actually enter it, you're risking
> DMA issues, AFAICS.
On my system triggering C3/C4 is just ignored (sleep_ticks < 0).
These ignorings (C3/C4 failures) seem to directly depend on how much bm_activity
there actually is.
With the current method (wait at least 30 ms if there was bm activity before
triggering C3/C4) these failures never happened.
As mentioned using bm_promotion_ms you can lower the failures, but never reach zero.
If these failures lead to system freezes on other systems, my next sentence is valid
(I meant my patch).

>>The patch is useless if these failures end up in system freezes on
>>other machines...
> I know that my patch is useless in its current form, but I wanted to share
> it as a different way of doing things.
>>The problem with the old approach is, that after (doesn't matter C1-Cx)
>>sleep and dyn_idle_tick, the chance to wake up because of bm activity is
>>very likely.
>>You enter idle() again -> there was bm_activity -> C2. Wake up after e.g.
>>50ms, because of bm_activity again (bm_sts bit set) -> stay in C2, wake up
>>after 40ms -> bm activity... You only have the chance to get into deeper
>>states if the sleeps are interrupted by an interrupt, not bm activity.
> That's a side-effect, indeed. However: if there _is_ bus master activity, we
> must not enter C3, AFAICS.

What about a mixed approach: only reprogram timer if you want to go to deeper
sleeping states (C3-Cx) when bm activity comes in place?

It's the only way you can say: the last xy ms there was no bm activity (use bm_history),
now it's safe to sleep and also be efficient: don't sleep forever in C1/C2 -> bm_sts bit
will probably be set afterwards and you need to wait another xy ms in C1/C2
-> endless loop ...

Like that the timer is only disabled where it is really useful, on C3-Cx machines
(or are there other cases?).

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