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SubjectRe: [PATCH 7/7] ondemand: Solve the big performance issue with ondemand during disk IO
On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:29:47 +0200
Éric Piel <> wrote:
> >
> > The problem and fix are both verified with the "perf timechar" tool.
> Hi,
> I don't doubt that keeping the cpu full frequency during IO can
> improve some specific workloads, however in your log message you
> don't explain how much we are loosing.

first of all, it's so bad that people will just turn the whole power
management off... at which point fixing the really bad bug is actually
quite a win

> How much more energy is consumed when doing a "updatedb" or "find /" ?

on the machines I used this on (Core i7's) it's actually hardly
measurable. All CPUs I have access to turn the voltage entirely off
during idle, so while the frequency is higher, if you're mostly IO
bound, it's only for very short durations... while still being mostly

Arjan van de Ven Intel Open Source Technology Centre
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