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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/8] Suspend block api (version 6)
Matthew Garrett <> writes:

> On Mon, May 03, 2010 at 04:37:22PM -0700, Kevin Hilman wrote:
>> Please forgive the ignorance of ACPI (in embedded, we thankfully live
>> in magical world without ACPI) but doesn't that already happen with
>> CPUidle and C-states? I think of CPUidle as basically runtime PM for
>> the CPU. IOW, runtime PM manages the devices, CPUidle manages the CPU
>> (via C-states), resulting in dynaimc PM for the entire system. What
>> am I missing?
> ACPI doesn't provide any functionality for cutting power to most
> devices other than shifting into full system suspend. The number of
> wakeup events available to us on a given machine is usually small
> and the wakeup latency large, so it's not terribly practical to do
> this transparently on most hardware.

OK, that's a major difference with embedded SoCs where the kernel must
directly manage the power state of all devices using runtime PM.

So basically, on ACPI systems, runtime PM doesn't get you any power
savings for most devices.


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