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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 3/7] arch_topology: disable frequency invariance for CONFIG_BL_SWITCHER
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On 30/07/2020 06:24, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> On 22-07-20, 10:37, Ionela Voinescu wrote:
>> +++ b/drivers/base/arch_topology.c
>> @@ -27,6 +27,7 @@ __weak bool arch_freq_counters_available(struct cpumask *cpus)
>> }
>> DEFINE_PER_CPU(unsigned long, freq_scale) = SCHED_CAPACITY_SCALE;
>>
>> +#ifndef CONFIG_BL_SWITCHER
>> void arch_set_freq_scale(struct cpumask *cpus, unsigned long cur_freq,
>> unsigned long max_freq)
>> {
>> @@ -46,6 +47,7 @@ void arch_set_freq_scale(struct cpumask *cpus, unsigned long cur_freq,
>> for_each_cpu(i, cpus)
>> per_cpu(freq_scale, i) = scale;
>> }
>> +#endif
>
> I don't really like this change, the ifdef hackery is disgusting and
> then we are putting that in a completely different part of the kernel.
>
> There are at least these two ways of solving this, maybe more:
>
> - Fix the bl switcher driver and add the complexity in it (which you
> tried to do earlier).
>
> - Add a cpufreq flag to skip arch-set-freq-scale call.

I agree it's not nice but IMHO the cpufreq flag is worse since we would
introduce new infrastructure only for a deprecated feature. I'm assuming
that BL SWITCHER is the only feature needing this CPUfreq flag extension.

#ifdef CONFIG_BL_SWITCHER is already in drivers/irqchip/irq-gic.c so
it's ugly already.

Runtime detecting (via bL_switching_enabled) of BL SWITCHER is right now
also only handled inside vexpress-spc-cpufreq.c via a
bL_switcher_notifier. A mechanism which also sits behind a #ifdef
CONFIG_BL_SWITCHER.


So IMHO, the additional #ifdef CONFIG_BL_SWITCHER in
drivers/base/arch_topology.c it's a small price to pay.

Are there still any users of CONFIG_BL_SWITCHER? I guess it's only
limited to A15/A7 systems w/ vexpress-spc-cpufreq.c ... so probably only
TC2?

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