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SubjectRE: + restore-missing-sysfs-max_cstate-attr.patch added to -mm tree

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Mark Lord []
>Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 1:53 PM
>To: Pallipadi, Venkatesh
>Cc: Arjan van de Ven; Andrew Morton;;
>; Ingo Molnar;;
>Subject: Re: + restore-missing-sysfs-max_cstate-attr.patch
>added to -mm tree
>Mark Lord wrote:
>> Venki Pallipadi wrote:
>>> Reintroduce run time configurable max_cstate for !CPU_IDLE case.
>>> Signed-off-by: Venkatesh Pallipadi <>
>>> Index: linux-2.6.24-rc/drivers/acpi/processor_idle.c
>>> ===================================================================
>>> --- linux-2.6.24-rc.orig/drivers/acpi/processor_idle.c
>>> +++ linux-2.6.24-rc/drivers/acpi/processor_idle.c
>>> @@ -76,7 +76,11 @@ static void (*pm_idle_save) (void) __rea
>>> #define PM_TIMER_TICKS_TO_US(p) (((p) *
>>> 1000)/(PM_TIMER_FREQUENCY/1000))
>>> static unsigned int max_cstate __read_mostly =
>>> +#ifdef CONFIG_CPU_IDLE
>>> module_param(max_cstate, uint, 0000);
>>> +#else
>>> +module_param(max_cstate, uint, 0644);
>>> +#endif
>>> static unsigned int nocst __read_mostly;
>>> module_param(nocst, uint, 0000);
>> ..
>> I'll try and re-test with this on Friday.
>Okay, with !CONFIG_CPU_IDLE, this works fine -- same as 2.6.23
>and earlier.

Good to know. Atleast we do not have a regression for 2.6.24 now.

>> Meanwhile, can you give a short summary of how behaviour differs
>> I'm not at all clear on how this really affects things.

With CPU_IDLE, the C-state policy is removed from acpi driver. Ideally
policy should have nothing to do with ACPI, as ACPI only provides the
C-state mechanisms. So, with CPU_IDLE, it is not easy to control this
variable through a acpi driver module at run time. Also, the latency
interface that was mentioned before is to serve the same purpose in a
more clear manner (based on the wakeup latency) instead of a C-state
number which may not mean much from the end user point of view.

I will look at why latency does not work on a single core system
soon(Was that with UP kernel or SMP kernel?). That way we will have a
proper cover for this with CPU_IDLE in future.


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