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SubjectRe: [patch update 3] PM: Introduce core framework for run-time PM of I/O devices
On Tue, 23 Jun 2009, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:

> In short, I think suspending (or queuing a suspend request) should fail if the
> usage counter is nonzero, but the resuming (or queuing up a resume request)
> should be possible regardless of its value. The reason is that multiple
> threads may in theory attempt to resume the device at the same time.

Agreed. Suspends and resumes aren't symmetrical -- a single resume
request must outweigh numerous suspend requests.

> However, I'm not sure if the core should manipulate the usage counter by
> itself, because it's sort of problematic (there's no good approach to decide
> when to decrement the counter).

Yes. The idea behind my previous message was that it's not really so
easy for the core to decide when to _increment_ the counter either.

> So, I'd let the callers use pm_runtime_get() to increment the counter
> and pm_runtime_put() to decrement it, possibly queuing up an idle notification
> if the counter happens to reach 0. Also, I'm not sure if unbalanced
> pm_runtime_put() should be regarded as a bug.

It should be. Once the counter is messed up, runtime PM wouldn't be
able to work properly. But maybe you should add a pm_set_counter call
so that drivers can recover from imbalances.

One question still remains: If the counter is 0 at the end of a
successful pm_runtime_resume, should the core then call pm_notify_idle?
Or should we make the driver responsible for that too?

> At the same time, I'd like the core to use runtime_status and the other
> fields in dev_pm_info, except for the usage counter, to ensure that all
> operations are only carried out when it makes sense.

Yes. In fact, I'd say that when the counter is positive it doesn't
make sense to allow a runtime suspend -- so you don't need that
exception in your statement above. :-)

Alan Stern



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