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SubjectRE: [PATCH v2 1/2] devfreq: qcom: Add L2 Krait Cache devfreq scaling driver
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> On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 01:56:01PM +0200, ansuelsmth@gmail.com
> wrote:
> > > Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/2] devfreq: qcom: Add L2 Krait Cache devfreq
> > > scaling driver
> > >
> > > On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 06:29:24PM +0200, Ansuel Smith wrote:
> > > > Qcom L2 Krait CPUs use the generic cpufreq-dt driver and doesn't
> > actually
> > > > scale the Cache frequency when the CPU frequency is changed. This
> > > > devfreq driver register with the cpu notifier and scale the Cache
> > > > based on the max Freq across all core as the CPU cache is shared
> across
> > > > all of them. If provided this also scale the voltage of the
regulator
> > > > attached to the CPU cache. The scaling logic is based on the CPU
freq
> > > > and the 3 scaling interval are set by the device dts.
> > > >
> > >
> > > I have raised this concern before. I am worried this kind of
independent
> > > CPU and cache frequency controls make way for clkscrew kind of
> attacks.
> > > Why can't the clocks be made parent/child or secondary and
> automatically
> > > updated when CPU clocks are changed.
> > >
> >
> > I don't think I understand this fully. Anyway about the clkscrew attack,
> the
> > range are set on the dts so unless someone actually wants to have a
> > vulnerable system, the range can't be changes at runtime. The devfreq
> > governor is set to immutable and can't be changes AFAIK.
> >
>
> I don't think that matters, we are talking about Secure/Non-secure
> boundary
> here. DT can be modified or simple a rogue devfreq module can do all the
> bad things.
>

Well it's what is happening right now (cpu at max + l2 at low) and from my
test
the system is just slowed down. But you are right about the security
concerns.

> > About 'automatically updated when CPU changes', the cache is shared
> across 2
> > core and they scale independently. We can be in situation where one cpu
> is
> > at max and one at idle freq and the cache is set to idle. To fix this at
> > every change the clk should find the max value and I think this would
> make
> > all the clk scaling very slow.
>
> This sounds like we are going back to coupled idle states kind of setup.
> Sorry we don't want those anymore.
>
> > If you have any suggestion on how I can implement this better, I'm
> > more than happy to address them. For now, the lack of this kind of cache
> > scale, make the system really slow since by default the init of the cpu
and
> > cache clks put them at the lowest frequency and nobody changes that.
> > (we have cpufreq scaling support but the cache is never actually scaled)
>
> As I mentioned, if this needs to be done in OSPM, then hide it in the
clock
> building right dependencies. Clk will even have refcount so that one idle
> CPU won't bring the cache down to idle frequency.
>

What I really can't understand is how I can describe the CPU freq interval.
Since I can't use dts should I hardcode them? (cpu have more opp than the
l2 cache, they are not mapped 1:1)

> --
> Regards,
> Sudeep

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