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SubjectRe: [PATCH] pm_qos: Add system bus performance parameter
On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 01:10:55AM -0700, wrote:
> > nack.
> >
> > Change the name to system_bus_throughput_pm_qos assuming KBS units and
> > I'll ok it. It needs to be portable and without units I think drivers
> > will start using magic numbers that will break when you go from a
> > devices with 16 to 32 bus with the same clock.
> >
> > We had an email thread about this last year
> >
> > I don't recall solution ever coming out of it. I think you guys didn't
> > like the idea of using units. Further I did post a patch adding
> > something like using units. Although I looks like I botch the post the
> > linux-pm as I can't seem to find it in the linux-pm archives :(
> >
> >
> > Would you be ok with using throughput instead of a unit less performance
> > magic number?
> >
> >
> > --mark
> Ignoring other details for now, the biggest problem with throughput/KBps
> units is that PM QoS can't handle it well in its current state. For KBps
> the requests should be added together before it's "enforced". Just picking
> the maximum won't work optimally.

well then current pm_qos code for network throughput takes the max.

> Another problem with using KBps is that the available throughput is going
> to vary depending on the CPU frequency since the CPU running at a higher
> freq is going to use more bandwidth/throughput than the same CPU running
> at a lower freq.

um, if your modem SPI needs a min freq its really saying it needs a min
throughput (throughput is just a scaler times freq, and 8KBS is a 13 bit
shift away from HZ for SPI)

> A KHz unit will side step both problems. It's not the most ideal in theory
> but it's simple and gets the job done since, in our case, there aren't
> very many fine grained levels of system bus frequencies (and corresponding
> throughputs).

I think your getting too wrapped up with this Hz thing and need write a
couple of shift macros to convert between Kbs and Hz and be happy.

> I understand that other architectures might have different practical
> constraints and abilities and I didn't want to impose the KHz limitation
> on them. That's the reason I proposed a parameter whose units is defined
> by the "enforcer".

The problem is that doing this will result in too many one-off drivers
that don't port nicely to my architecture when I use the same
peripheral as you.

> Thoughts?
not really anything additional, other than I wonder why kbs isn't
working for you. Perhaps I'm missing something subtle.


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