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SubjectRe: [PATCH AUTOSEL 5.12 62/80] sched/fair: Take thermal pressure into account while estimating energy
Hi Sasha,

+CC Greg

On 7/5/21 12:05 AM, Sasha Levin wrote:
> From: Lukasz Luba <>
> [ Upstream commit 489f16459e0008c7a5c4c5af34bd80898aa82c2d ]
> Energy Aware Scheduling (EAS) needs to be able to predict the frequency
> requests made by the SchedUtil governor to properly estimate energy used
> in the future. It has to take into account CPUs utilization and forecast
> Performance Domain (PD) frequency. There is a corner case when the max
> allowed frequency might be reduced due to thermal. SchedUtil is aware of
> that reduced frequency, so it should be taken into account also in EAS
> estimations.
> SchedUtil, as a CPUFreq governor, knows the maximum allowed frequency of
> a CPU, thanks to cpufreq_driver_resolve_freq() and internal clamping
> to 'policy::max'. SchedUtil is responsible to respect that upper limit
> while setting the frequency through CPUFreq drivers. This effective
> frequency is stored internally in 'sugov_policy::next_freq' and EAS has
> to predict that value.
> In the existing code the raw value of arch_scale_cpu_capacity() is used
> for clamping the returned CPU utilization from effective_cpu_util().
> This patch fixes issue with too big single CPU utilization, by introducing
> clamping to the allowed CPU capacity. The allowed CPU capacity is a CPU
> capacity reduced by thermal pressure raw value.
> Thanks to knowledge about allowed CPU capacity, we don't get too big value
> for a single CPU utilization, which is then added to the util sum. The
> util sum is used as a source of information for estimating whole PD energy.
> To avoid wrong energy estimation in EAS (due to capped frequency), make
> sure that the calculation of util sum is aware of allowed CPU capacity.
> This thermal pressure might be visible in scenarios where the CPUs are not
> heavily loaded, but some other component (like GPU) drastically reduced
> available power budget and increased the SoC temperature. Thus, we still
> use EAS for task placement and CPUs are not over-utilized.
> Signed-off-by: Lukasz Luba <>
> Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <>
> Reviewed-by: Vincent Guittot <>
> Reviewed-by: Dietmar Eggemann <>
> Link:
> Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
> ---
> kernel/sched/fair.c | 11 ++++++++---
> 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

It has been picked up automatically right?
To make it fully working you need also this patch:

It makes sure that the thermal pressure signal gets proper
information also for CPUs which were offline and then wake-up.
It has a proper fix tagging with commit hash id.
That patch can be ported to stable: v5.6+
I can send it to stable list. Please let me know if you need
any help.

The same applies to patch which I found for v5.13-stable:
[PATCH AUTOSEL 5.13 65/85] sched/fair: Take thermal pressure into
account while estimating energy


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