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SubjectRe: [patch 013/100] ACPI: cap off P-state transition latency from buggy BIOSes
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Am Donnerstag 23 April 2009 schrieb Chris Wright:
> -stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let us
> know. ---------------------
>
> From: Venkatesh Pallipadi <venkatesh.pallipadi@intel.com>
>
> upstream commit: a59d1637eb0e0a37ee0e5c92800c60abe3624e24
>
> Some BIOSes report very high frequency transition latency which are
> plainly wrong on CPus that can change frequency using native MSR
> interface.
>
> One such system is IBM T42 (2327-8ZU) as reported by Owen Taylor and
> Rik van Riel.
>
> cpufreq_ondemand driver uses this transition latency to come up with a
> reasonable sampling interval to sample CPU usage and with such high
> latency value, ondemand sampling interval ends up being very high
> (0.5 sec, in this particular case), resulting in performance impact due
> to slow response to increasing frequency.
>
> Fix it by capping-off the transition latency to 20uS for native MSR
> based frequency transitions.
>
> mjg: We've confirmed that this also helps on the X31
>
> Signed-off-by: Venkatesh Pallipadi <venkatesh.pallipadi@intel.com>
> Acked-by: Matthew Garrett <mjg@redhat.com>
> Signed-off-by: Len Brown <len.brown@intel.com>
> Signed-off-by: Chris Wright <chrisw@sous-sol.org>
> ---
>
> arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/acpi-cpufreq.c | 12 ++++++++++++
> 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+)
>
> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/acpi-cpufreq.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/cpufreq/acpi-cpufreq.c
> @@ -680,6 +680,18 @@ static int acpi_cpufreq_cpu_init(struct
> perf->states[i].transition_latency * 1000;
> }
>
> + /* Check for high latency (>20uS) from buggy BIOSes, like on T42 */
> + if (perf->control_register.space_id == ACPI_ADR_SPACE_FIXED_HARDWARE
> && + policy->cpuinfo.transition_latency > 20 * 1000) {
> + static int print_once;
> + policy->cpuinfo.transition_latency = 20 * 1000;
> + if (!print_once) {
> + print_once = 1;
> + printk(KERN_INFO "Capping off P-state tranision latency"

typo: tranision => transition

> + " at 20 uS\n");
> + }
> + }
> +
> data->max_freq = perf->states[0].core_frequency * 1000;
> /* table init */
> for (i=0; i<perf->state_count; i++) {
--
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