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SubjectRe: [linux-pm] Power management for SCSI
Am Montag 25 August 2008 18:18:19 schrieb Alan Stern:
> On Mon, 25 Aug 2008, Oliver Neukum wrote:

> > There's some truth to that. Unfortunately the transport does not know
> > whether a device or link may be suspended. Take the case of a CD playing
> > sound. The transport may know what the consequences of suspending
> > a link will be to the devices, but only the devices know whether the
> > consequences are acceptable.
> Even the device (or more properly, the driver) might not know! In your
> example the driver might realize that playing had been started, but it
> probably wouldn't know when the playing had ended.

There is that possibility.

> That's not true at all. Maybe the name is specific to USB, but the
> concept isn't. Notice how we have power/wakeup files in the sysfs
> directory for every device, even non-USB devices? Requesting a
> low-power to high-power transition is a generic operation.

True. Let's say that we have to deal with busses incapable of supporting it.

> > If you are writing for
> > a generic system the question is indeed whether devices may want
> > to talk to the host and whether they can.
> > It seems to me that the ULD will know whether its devices will need
> > to talk to the CPU.
> In general, the link or transport class will know whether it is
> possible for a device to initiate communication with the CPU. If it is


> possible then the link would probably want to have remote wakeup
> enabled before autosuspending, even if none of the devices currently
> attached actually wants to use it.

That supposes it doesn't matter in terms of power use. Is that true?

> So sd.c might, in theory, want to respond in two different ways to an
> autosuspend request:
> (A) Drain the cache,
> (B) Drain the cache and spin down the drive.

(C) Do nothing

(D) Refuse (i.e. the user has opened a block device and used a vendor
specific command)

> How does it know which to do? Ask the transport class for help
> choosing?

I see no other way.

> (A) would leave us in an awkward "half-suspended" state. Is the device
> suspended or not? It is, in the sense that now the link can safely be
> suspended. But it isn't, in the sense that a system sleep would still
> require the drive to be spun down.
> It's kind of like the state we have following a PMSG_FREEZE --
> quiescent but not suspended. Somehow this extra state needs to be
> incorporated into the autosuspend framework.

Why? Unless the device can be skipped for purposes of autosuspend and
system sleep, isn't it active?


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