Re: Generic battery interface

From: Shem Multinymous
Date: Fri Jul 28 2006 - 11:36:17 EST

On 7/28/06, Vojtech Pavlik <vojtech@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> I do not understand this. Any polling (in kernel or in userspace) will
> wake the CPU, wasting power.

The kernel, however, has all the gory details at hand, and can decide
much better about the polling frequency, than the (hopefully) hardware
agnostic userspace.

Imagine your Zaurus: You don't need to poll very often when you are on
the flat part of the LiIon discharge curve, you probably want more
detailed info near the end.

Another example: on my ThinkPad, the readouts provided by the EC
change only every 2 seconds, regardless of how much you poll it.

Hence my proposal for a polling-based interface with kernel-side
caching. This way, the hardware query rate is the minimum of two
rates: what the application can use and what the kernel thinks is the
hardware's change rate.

This doesn't solve the timer interrupt (tickless kernel) issue. Sane
apps would never ask for battery updates at more than a few Hz, are we
likely to see tickless machines where this makes a difference
beyondnormal load?

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