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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/7] Introduce thermal pressure
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On 10/10/2018 07:30 PM, Thara Gopinath wrote:
> Hello Lukasz,
>
> On 10/10/2018 11:35 AM, Lukasz Luba wrote:
>> Hi Thara,
>>
>> I have run it on Exynos5433 mainline.
>> When it is enabled with step_wise thermal governor,
>> some of my tests are showing ~30-50% regression (i.e. hackbench),
>> dhrystone ~10%.
>
> That is interesting. If I understand correctly, dhrystone spawns 16
> threads or so and floods the system. In "theory", such a test should not
> see any performance improvement and degradation. What is the thermal
> activity like in your system? I will try running one of these tests on
> hikey960.
I use this dhrystone implementation:
https://github.com/Keith-S-Thompson/dhrystone/blob/master/v2.2/dry.c
It does not span new threads/processes and I pinned it to a single cpu.

My thermal setup is probably different than yours.
You have (on hikey960) probably 1 sensor for whole SoC and one thermal
zone (if it is this mainline file:
arch/arm64/boot/dts/hisilicon/hi3660.dtsi).
This thermal zone has two cooling devices - two clusters with dvfs.
Your temperature signal read out from that sensor is probably much
smoother. When you have sensor inside cluster, the rising factor
can be even 20deg/s (for big cores).
In my case, there are 4 thermal zones, each cluster has it's private
sensor and thermal zone. There is no 'SoC sensor' or 'PCB sensor',
which is recommended for IPA.
>>
>> Could you tell me which thermal governor was used in your case?
>> Please also share the name of that benchmark, i will give it a try.
>> Is it single threaded compute-intensive?
>
> Step-wise governor.
> I use aobench which is part of phoronix-test-suite.
>
> Regards
> Thara
>
I have built this aobench and run it pinned to single big cpu:
time taskset -c 4 ./aobench
The results:
3min-5:30min [mainline]
5:15min-5:50min [+patchset]

The idea is definitely worth to investigate further.

Regards,
Lukasz



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