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SubjectRe: [PATCH 8/7] cpufreq: make the iowait-is-busy-time a sysfs tunable
On Mon, May 03, 2010 at 08:48:18PM -0700, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> From: Arjan van de Ven <>
> Subject: [PATCH] cpufreq: make the iowait-is-busy-time a sysfs tunable
> Pavel Machek pointed out that not all CPUs have an efficient idle
> at high frequency. Specifically, older Intel and various AMD cpus
> would get a higher power usage when copying files from USB.
> Mike Chan pointed out that the same is true for various ARM chips
> as well.
> Thomas Renninger suggested to make this a sysfs tunable with a
> reasonable default.
> This patch adds a sysfs tunable for the new behavior, and uses
> a very simple function to determine a reasonable default, depending
> on the CPU vendor/type.
> Signed-off-by: Arjan van de Ven <>
> ---

That's very nice Arjan. That way we'll be able to select between
performance and power savings, which is what most laptop users
want after all !


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