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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/2] cpu: pseries: Offline state framework.
On Thu, 24 Sep 2009 13:33:07 +0200
Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> wrote:

> On Thu, 2009-09-24 at 18:38 +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > On Thu, 2009-09-24 at 09:51 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > > I don't quite follow your logic here. This is useful for more
> > > > than just hypervisors. For example, take the HV out of the
> > > > picture for a moment and imagine that the HW has the ability to
> > > > offline CPU in various power levels, with varying latencies to
> > > > bring them back.
> > >
> > > cpu-hotplug is an utter slow path, anybody saying latency and
> > > hotplug in the same sentence doesn't seem to grasp either or both
> > > concepts.
> >
> > Let's forget about latency then. Let's imagine I want to set a CPU
> > offline to save power, vs. setting it offline -and- opening the back
> > door of the machine to actually physically replace it :-)
>
> If the hardware is capable of physical hotplug, then surely powering
> the socket down saves most power and is the preferred mode?

btw just to take away a perception that generally powering down sockets
help; it does not help for all cpus. Some cpus are so efficient in idle
that the incremental gain one would get by "offlining" a core is just
not worth it
(in fact, in x86, it's the same thing)

I obviously can't speak for p-series cpus, just wanted to point out
that there is no universal truth about "offlining saves power".

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