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SubjectRe: [PATCH] PCI/LINK: Account for BW notification in vector calculation
On Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:03:04 -0500
Alex G <> wrote:

> On 4/23/19 10:34 AM, Alex Williamson wrote:
> > On Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:33:53 -0500
> > Alex G <> wrote:
> >
> >> On 4/22/19 7:33 PM, Alex Williamson wrote:
> >>> On Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:05:57 -0500
> >>> Alex G <> wrote:
> >>>> echo 0000:07:00.0:pcie010 |
> >>>> sudo tee /sys/bus/pci_express/drivers/pcie_bw_notification/unbind
> >>>
> >>> That's a bad solution for users, this is meaningless tracking of a
> >>> device whose driver is actively managing the link bandwidth for power
> >>> purposes.
> >>
> >> 0.5W savings on a 100+W GPU? I agree it's meaningless.
> >
> > Evidence? Regardless, I don't have control of the driver that's making
> > these changes, but the claim seems unfounded and irrelevant.
> The number of 5mW/Gb/lane doesn't ring a bell? [1] [2]. Your GPU
> supports 5Gb/s, so likely using an older, more power hungry process. I
> suspect it's still within the same order of magnitude.

This doesn't necessarily imply the overall power savings to the
endpoint as a whole though, and it's still irrelevant to the discussion
here. The driver is doing something reasonable that's generating host
dmesg spam.

> > I'm assigning a device to a VM [snip]
> > I can see why we might want to be notified of degraded links due to signal issues,
> > but what I'm reporting is that there are also entirely normal reasons
> > [snip] we can't seem to tell the difference
> Unfortunately, there is no way in PCI-Express to distinguish between an
> expected link bandwidth change and one due to error.

Then assuming every link speed change is an error seems like the wrong
approach. Should we instead have a callback that drivers can
optionally register to receive link change notifications? If a driver
doesn't register such a callback then a generic message can be posted,
but if they do, the driver can decide whether this is an error.

> If you're using virt-manager to configure the VM, then virt-manager
> could have a checkbox to disable link bandwidth management messages. I'd

What makes us think that this is the only case where such link speed
changes will occur? Hand waving that a userspace management utility
should go unbind drivers that over-zealously report errors is a poor

> rather we avoid kernel-side heuristics (like Lukas suggested). If you're
> confident that your link will operate as intended, and don't want
> messages about it, that's your call as a user -- we shouldn't decide
> this in the kernel.

Nor should pci-core decide what link speed changes are intended or
errors. Minimally we should be enabling drivers to receive this
feedback. Thanks,


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