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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 6/7] thermal/drivers/cpu_cooling: Introduce the cpu idle cooling driver
On 16/04/2018 16:22, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 03:57:03PM +0200, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>> On 16/04/2018 14:30, Lorenzo Pieralisi wrote:
>>> On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 02:10:30PM +0200, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>>>> On 16/04/2018 12:10, Viresh Kumar wrote:
>>>>> On 16-04-18, 12:03, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>>>>>> On 16/04/2018 11:50, Viresh Kumar wrote:
>>>>>>> On 16-04-18, 11:45, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>>>>>>>> Can you elaborate a bit ? I'm not sure to get the point.
>>>>>>> Sure. With your current code on Hikey960 (big/LITTLE), you end up
>>>>>>> creating two cooling devices, one for the big cluster and one for
>>>>>>> small cluster. Which is the right thing to do, as we also have two
>>>>>>> cpufreq cooling devices.
>>>>>>> But with the change Sudeep is referring to, the helper you used to get
>>>>>>> cluster id will return 0 (SoC id) for all the 8 CPUs. So your code
>>>>>>> will end up creating a single cpuidle cooling device for all the CPUs.
>>>>>>> Which would be wrong.
>>>>>> Is the semantic of topology_physical_package_id changing ?
>>>>> That's what I understood from his email.
>>>>>> I don't
>>>>>> understand the change Sudeep is referring to.
>>>> Actually there is no impact with the change Sudeep is referring to. It
>>>> is for ACPI, we are DT based. Confirmed with Jeremy.
>>>> So AFAICT, it is not a problem.
>>> It is a problem - DT or ACPI alike. Sudeep was referring to the notion
>>> of "cluster" that has no architectural meaning whatsoever and using
>>> topology_physical_package_id() to detect a "cluster" was/is/will always
>>> be the wrong thing to do. The notion of cluster must not appear in the
>>> kernel at all, it has no architectural meaning. I understand you need
>>> to group CPUs but that has to be done in a different way, through
>>> cooling devices, thermal domains or power domains DT/ACPI bindings but
>>> not by using topology masks.
>> I don't get it. What is the cluster concept defined in the ARM
>> documentation?
>> ARM Cortex-A53 MPCore Processor Technical Reference Manual
>> 4.5.2. Multiprocessor Affinity Register
>> I see the documentation says:
>> A cluster with two cores, three cores, ...
>> How the kernel can represent that if you kill the
>> topology_physical_package_id() ?
> From an Arm ARM perspective (ARM v8 reference manual), the MPIDR_EL1 has
> no notion of cluster which means that a cluster is not architecturally
> defined on Arm systems.

Sorry, I'm lost :/ You say the MPIDR_EL1 has no notion of cluster but
the documentation describing this register is all talking about cluster.

> Currently, as Morten explained today, topology_physical_package_id()
> is supposed to represent a "cluster" and that's completely wrong
> because a "cluster" cannot be defined from an architectural perspective.
> It was a bodge used as a shortcut, wrongly. We should have never used
> that API for that purpose and there must be no code in the kernel
> relying on:
> topology_physical_package_id()
> to define a cluster; the information you require to group CPUs must
> come from something else, which is firmware bindings(DT or ACPI) as
> I mentioned.

Why not ?

diff --git a/arch/arm64/include/asm/topology.h
index c4f2d50..ac0776d 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/include/asm/topology.h
+++ b/arch/arm64/include/asm/topology.h
@@ -14,7 +14,8 @@ struct cpu_topology {

extern struct cpu_topology cpu_topology[NR_CPUS];

-#define topology_physical_package_id(cpu)
+#define topology_physical_package_id(cpu) (0)
+#define topology_physical_cluster_id(cpu)
#define topology_core_id(cpu) (cpu_topology[cpu].core_id)
#define topology_core_cpumask(cpu) (&cpu_topology[cpu].core_sibling)
#define topology_sibling_cpumask(cpu) (&cpu_topology[cpu].thread_sibling)

> Please speak to Sudeep who will fill you on the reasoning above.

Yes, Sudeep is next to me but I would prefer to keep the discussion on
the mailing list so everyone can get the reasoning.

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