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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 4/6] PM / Runtime: Introduce flag can_power_off
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On 一, 2012-02-13 at 10:01 -0500, Alan Stern wrote:
> On Mon, 13 Feb 2012, Lin Ming wrote:
>
> > From: Zhang Rui <rui.zhang@intel.com>
> >
> > Introduce flag can_power_off in device structure to support runtime
> > power off/on.
> >
> > Note that, for a specific device driver,
> > "support runtime power off/on" means that the driver .runtime_suspend
> > callback needs to
> > 1) save all the context so that it can restore the device back to the previous
> > working state after powered on.
> > 2) set can_power_off flag to tell the driver model that it's ready for power off.
> >
> > The following example shows how this works.
> >
> > device A
> > |---------|
> > v v
> > device B device C
> >
> > A is the parent of device B and device C, and device A/B/C shares the
> > same power logic
> > (Only device A knows how to turn on/off the power).
> >
> > In order to power off A, B, C at runtime,
> > 1) device B and device C should support runtime power off
> > (runtime suspended with can_power_off flag set)
> > 2) pm idle request for device A is fired by runtime PM core.
> > 3) in device A .runtime_suspend callback, it tries to set can_power_off flag.
> > 4) if succeed, it means all its children have been ready for power off
> > and it can turn off the power at any time.
> > 5) if failed, it means at least one of its children does not support runtime
> > power off, thus the power can not be turned off.
>
> I'm not sure if this is really the right approach. What you're trying
> to do is implement two different low-power states, basically D3hot and
> D3cold. Currently the runtime PM core doesn't support such things; all
> it knows about is low power and full power.
>
Exactly.
what I'm trying to fix here is to add a "special" runtime low power
state, aka, power off.

> Before doing an ad-hoc implementation, it would be best to step back
> and think about other subsystems. Other sorts of devices may well have
> multiple low-power states. What's the best way for this to be
> supported by the PM core?
>
I thought about this before, e.g. introduce support for multiple runtime
low power states in runtime PM core, like suspend/hibernate for system
low power states. But I'm not sure if this is workable because the low
power states varies between devices/buses/platforms.

So I decided to introduce a special low power state, aka, runtime power
off, first, which means the same thing to different
devices/buses/platforms.

thanks,
rui


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