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SubjectRe: [PATCH] cpufreq: conservative: Fix requested_freq handling
On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 2:51 PM Waldemar Rymarkiewicz
<waldemar.rymarkiewicz@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 at 13:34, Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw@rjwysocki.net> wrote:
> >
> > On Monday, October 15, 2018 11:34:33 AM CEST Waldemar Rymarkiewicz wrote:
> > > On Thu, 11 Oct 2018 at 23:10, Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw@rjwysocki.net> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 6:06:08 PM CEST Waldemar Rymarkiewicz wrote:
> > > > > On Tue, 9 Oct 2018 at 09:47, Rafael J. Wysocki <rafael@kernel.org> wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 5:11 PM Waldemar Rymarkiewicz
> > > > > > <waldemar.rymarkiewicz@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > From: Waldemar Rymarkiewicz <waldemarx.rymarkiewicz@intel.com>
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > The governor updates dbs_info->requested_freq only after increasing or
> > > > > > > decreasing frequency. There is, however, an use case when this is not
> > > > > > > sufficient.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Imagine, external module constraining cpufreq policy in a way that policy->max
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Is the "external module" here a utility or a demon running in user space?
> > > > >
> > > > > No, this is a driver that communicates with a firmware and makes sure
> > > > > CPU is running at the highest rate in specific time.
> > > > > It uses verify_within_limits and update_policy, a standard way to
> > > > > constraint cpufreq policy limits.
> > > > >
> > > > > > > @@ -136,10 +135,10 @@ static unsigned int cs_dbs_update(struct cpufreq_policy *policy)
> > > > > > > requested_freq = policy->min;
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > __cpufreq_driver_target(policy, requested_freq, CPUFREQ_RELATION_L);
> > > > > > > - dbs_info->requested_freq = requested_freq;
> > > > > > > }
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > out:
> > > > > > > + dbs_info->requested_freq = requested_freq;
> > > > > >
> > > > > > This will have a side effect when requested_freq is updated before the
> > > > > > thresholds checks due to the policy_dbs->idle_periods < UINT_MAX
> > > > > > check.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Shouldn't that be avoided?
> > > > >
> > > > > I would say we should.
> > > > >
> > > > > A hardware design I use is running 4.9 kernel where the check does not
> > > > > exist yet, so there is not a problem.
> > > > > Anyway, the check policy_dbs->idle_periods < UINT_MAX can change
> > > > > requested_freq either to requested_freq = policy->min or
> > > > > requested_freq -= freq_steps;. The first case will not change anything
> > > > > for us as policy->max=min=cur. The second, however, will force to
> > > > > update freq which is definitely not expected when limits are set to
> > > > > min=max. Simply it will not go out here:
> > > > >
> > > > > if (load < cs_tuners->down_threshold) {
> > > > > if (requested_freq == policy->min)
> > > > > goto out; <---
> > > > > ...
> > > > > }
> > > > >
> > > > > Am I right here? If so, shouldn't we check explicitly
> > > > >
> > > > > /*
> > > > > * If requested_freq is out of range, it is likely that the limits
> > > > > * changed in the meantime, so fall back to current frequency in that
> > > > > * case.
> > > > > */
> > > > > if (requested_freq > policy->max || requested_freq < policy->min)
> > > > > requested_freq = policy->cur;
> > > > >
> > > > > +/*
> > > > > +* If the the new limits min,max are equal, there is no point to process further
> > > > > +*/
> > > > > +
> > > > > +if (requested_freq == policy->max && requested_freq == policy->min)
> > > > > + goto out;
> > > >
> > > > If my understanding of the problem is correct, it would be better to simply
> > > > update dbs_info->requested_freq along with requested_freq when that is found
> > > > to be out of range. IOW, something like the appended patch (untested).
> > >
> > > Yes, this will solve the original problem as well.
> > >
> > > I think there could also be a problem with policy_dbs->idle_periods <
> > > UINT_MAX check. It it's true it can modify requested_freq (
> > > requested_freq -= freq_steps) and further it can result in a change of
> > > the freq, requested_freq == policy->max is not anymore true. I would
> > > expect governor not to change freq (requested_freq) when
> > > policy->max=policy->min=policy->cur.
> >
> > Well, that's because there is a bug in that code IMO. It should never
> > decrease requested_freq below policy->min in particular.
> >
> > Please find a patch with that fixed below.
> >
> > ---
> > drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq_conservative.c | 6 ++++--
> > 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> >
> > Index: linux-pm/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq_conservative.c
> > ===================================================================
> > --- linux-pm.orig/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq_conservative.c
> > +++ linux-pm/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq_conservative.c
> > @@ -80,8 +80,10 @@ static unsigned int cs_dbs_update(struct
> > * changed in the meantime, so fall back to current frequency in that
> > * case.
> > */
> > - if (requested_freq > policy->max || requested_freq < policy->min)
> > + if (requested_freq > policy->max || requested_freq < policy->min) {
> > requested_freq = policy->cur;
> > + dbs_info->requested_freq = requested_freq;
> > + }
> >
> > freq_step = get_freq_step(cs_tuners, policy);
> >
> > @@ -92,7 +94,7 @@ static unsigned int cs_dbs_update(struct
> > if (policy_dbs->idle_periods < UINT_MAX) {
> > unsigned int freq_steps = policy_dbs->idle_periods * freq_step;
> >
> > - if (requested_freq > freq_steps)
> > + if (requested_freq > policy->min + freq_steps)
> > requested_freq -= freq_steps;
> > else
> > requested_freq = policy->min;
>
> Yes looks good now. Will you apply this patch?

Yes, I will, but let me resend it with a proper changelog first.

Thanks,
Rafael

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