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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] PM updates for 2.6.33

On Mon, 7 Dec 2009, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> BTW, I still don't quite understand why not to put the parent's down_write
> operation into the core. It's not going to hurt for the "synchronous" devices
> and the "asynchronous" ones will need to do it anyway.

That's what I started out doing (see the first pseudo-code with the two
phases). But it _does_ actually hurt.

Because it will hurt exactly for the "multiple hubs" case: if you have two
USB hubs in parallel (and the case that Alan pointed out about a USB host
bridge is the exact same deal), then you want to be able to suspend and
resume those two independent hubs in parallel too.

But if you do the "down_write()" synchronously in the core, that means
that you are also stopping the whole "traverse the tree" thing - so now
you aren't handling the hubs in parallel even if you are handling all the
devices _behind_ them asynchronously.

This "serialize while traversing the tree" was what I was initially trying
to avoid with the two-phase approach, but that I realized (after writing
the resume path) that I could avoid much better by just moving the parents
down_write into the asynchronous path.

> Also it looks like that's something to do unconditionally for all nodes
> having children, because the parent need not know if the children do async
> operations.

True, and that was (again) the first iteration. But see above: in order to
allow way more concurrency, you don't want to introduce the false
dependency between the write-lock and the traversal of the tree (or, as
Alan points out - just a list - but that doesn't really change anything)
that is introduced by taking the lock synchronously.

So by moving the write-lock to the asynchronous work that also shuts down
the parent, you avoid that whole unnecessary serialization. But that means
that you can't do the lock in generic code.

Unless you want to do _all_ of the async logic in generic code and
re-introduce the "dev->async_suspend" flag. I would be ok with that now
that the infrastructure seems so simple.


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