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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 4/7] sched: power: Remove power capacity hints for kworker threads
On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 05:54:16PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 05:40:38PM +0100, Morten Rasmussen wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 04:14:25PM +0100, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > > On 10/14/2013 6:33 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > > On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 06:19:14PM +0100, Morten Rasmussen wrote:
> > > >> Removing power hints for kworker threads enables easier use of
> > > >> workqueues in the power driver late callback. That would otherwise
> > > >> lead to an endless loop unless it is prevented in the power driver.
> > > >
> > > > There's many kworker users; some of them actually consume lots of
> > > > cputime. Therefore how did you come to the conclusion that excepting all
> > > > users was the better choice of a little added complexity in the one
> > > > place where it actually matters?
> > >
> > > .. and likely only for a very few architectures
> > >
> > > x86, and I suspect modern ARM, can change frequency synchronously.
> > > (using an instruction or maybe two or three for ARM)
> >
> > It should be possible to implement synchronous frequency changes on most
> > modern ARM platforms. It is a bit more than a few instructions to change
> > frequency though particularly for the current cpufreq drivers.
> >
> > cpufreq drivers, like the one for ARM TC2, uses the clock framework to
> > manage clocks. clk_set_rate() is allowed to sleep which won't work if we
> > call it from scheduler context. The clock framework will need a look if
> > it doesn't provide a very fast synchronous alternative to clk_set_rate()
> > to change frequency and we want to use it for scheduler driven frequency
> > scaling.
> >
> > cpufreq has pre- and post-change notifiers so the current TC2 clock driver
> > waits (yields) in its clk_set_rate() implementation until the change has
> > happened to ensure that the post-change notifier happens at the right
> > time. Since clk_set_rate() is allowed to sleep other tasks may be
> > running while waiting for the change to complete. This may be true for
> > other clock drivers as well.
> >
> > AFAICT, there is no way to reuse the existing cpufreq drivers in a
> > sensible way for scheduler driven frequency scaling. It should be
> > possible to have very fast frequency changes on ARM but it is not the
> > way it is currently done.
>
>
> Note that you still have preemption disabled in your late callback from
> finish_task_switch(). There's no way you can wait/yield/whatever from
> there. Nor is that really sane.

No, that is what I have realized after messing around trying to call
into cpufreq. It just won't work. A non-waiting/yielding/whatever driver
is needed. There is no point in having the late callback it won't solve
anything.

>
> Just say no to the existing cruft ?

That is the only way ahead I think. intel_pstate.c does it. I will into
what it takes to do something similar on ARM TC2.



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