lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2010]   [May]   [18]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
From
SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/8] Suspend block api (version 7)
Date
On Wednesday 19 May 2010, Arve Hjønnevåg wrote:
> 2010/5/18 Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw@sisk.pl>:
> > On Tuesday 18 May 2010, Arve Hjønnevåg wrote:
> >> 2010/5/18 Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw@sisk.pl>:
> >> > On Tuesday 18 May 2010, Arve Hjønnevåg wrote:
> >> >> 2010/5/17 Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw@sisk.pl>:
> >> >> > On Monday 17 May 2010, Arve Hjønnevåg wrote:
> >> >> >> 2010/5/14 Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw@sisk.pl>:
> >> >> >> > On Friday 14 May 2010, Arve Hjønnevåg wrote:
> >> >> >> >> This patch series adds a suspend-block api that provides the same
> >> >> >> >> functionality as the android wakelock api. This version has some
> >> >> >> >> changes from, or requested by, Rafael. The most notable changes are:
> >> >> >> >> - DEFINE_SUSPEND_BLOCKER and suspend_blocker_register have been added
> >> >> >> >> for statically allocated suspend blockers.
> >> >> >> >> - suspend_blocker_destroy is now called suspend_blocker_unregister
> >> >> >> >> - The user space mandatory _INIT ioctl has been replaced with an
> >> >> >> >> optional _SET_NAME ioctl.
> >> >> >> >>
> >> >> >> >> I kept the ack and reviewed by tags on two of the patches even though
> >> >> >> >> there were a few cosmetic changes.
> >> >> >> >
> >> >> >> > Thanks for the patches, I think they are in a pretty good shape now.
> >> >> >> >
> >> >> >> > That said, I'd like the changelogs to be a bit more descriptive, at least for
> >> >> >> > patch [1/8]. I think it should explain (in a few words) what the purpose of
> >> >> >> > the feature is and what problems it solves that generally a combination of
> >> >> >> > runtime PM and cpuidle is not suitable for in your opinion. IOW, why you
> >> >> >> > think we need that feature.
> >> >> >> >
> >> >> >>
> >> >> >> How about:
> >> >> >>
> >> >> >> PM: Add opportunistic suspend support.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > "PM: Opportunistic suspend support" would be sufficient IMO.
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Now, I'd start with the motivation. Like "Power management features present
> >> >> > in the current mainline kernel are insufficient to get maximum possible energy
> >> >> > savings on some platforms, such as Android, because ..." (here go explanations
> >> >> > why this is the case in your opinion).
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Next, "To allow Android and similar platforms to save more energy than they
> >> >> > currently can save using the mainline kernel, introduce a mechanism by which
> >> >> > the system is automatically suspended (i.e. put into a system-wide sleep state)
> >> >> > whenever it's not doing useful work, called opportunistic suspend".
> >> >> >
> >> >> > "For this purpose introduce the suspend blockers framework allowing the
> >> >> > kernel's power management subsystem to decide when it is desirable to suspend
> >> >> > the system (i.e. when useful work is not being done). Add an API that ..."
> >> >> >
> >> >>
> >> >> PM: Opportunistic suspend support.
> >> >>
> >> >> Power management features present in the current mainline kernel are
> >> >> insufficient to get maximum possible energy savings on some platforms,
> >> >> such as Android, because low power states can only safely be entered
> >> >> from idle.
> >> >
> >> > Do you mean CPU low-power states or system low-power states here?
> >> >
> >> I think either.
> >
> > The statement is not true for system low-power states (or sleep states),
> > because generally (ie. on many platforms) they aren't entered from idle.
> > Suspend is for entering them.
> >
> I don't think that makes my statement false. If you can only safely
> enter low power states from idle, but some low power states cannot be
> entered from idle, then it follows that you cannot safely enter those
> low power states.

Define "safely", then.

> > So, there is a difference and the explanation can go like this: "... to achieve
> > maximum energy savings one has to put all I/O devices and the CPU into
> > low-power states, but the CPU can only be put into a low-power state from
> > idle. This, in turn, means that the CPU leaves the low-power state on
> > interrupts triggered by periodic timers and user space processes that use
> > polling. It turns out, however, that many of these events causing the CPU to
> > leave the low-power state aren't essential for the desired system functionality
> > and from the power management point of view it would be better if they didn't
> > occur".
>
> This only explain why we still want to use suspend on systems that can
> enter the same power states from idle and suspend.

Sorry, I'm confused now. Isn't that why you do that on Android?

AFACS, your hardware is capable of doing that, isn't it?

Rafael
--
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/

\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2010-05-19 00:35    [W:0.110 / U:18.036 seconds]
©2003-2018 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site