Re: [patch 0/6] AMD C1E aware idle support

From: Rafael J. Wysocki
Date: Thu Jun 12 2008 - 08:30:46 EST

On Thursday, 12 of June 2008, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> AMD CPUs with C1E support are currently excluded from high resolution
> timers and NOHZ support. The reason is that C1E is a BIOS controlled
> C3 power state which switches off TSC and the local APIC timer. The
> ACPI C-State control manages the TSC/local APIC timer wreckage, but
> this does not include the C1 based ("halt" instruction) C1E mode. The
> BIOS/SMM controlled C1E state works on most systems even without
> enabling ACPI C-State control.
> The fact that a system has C1E support enabled is advertised in a MSR,
> but the time during boot when the C1E bit is set by the BIOS varies:
> 1) Boot CPU has already C1E bit set
> 2) Secondary CPU sets C1E bit
> 3) C1E bit is set after ACPI C-State query
> Case #1 and #2 are covered by the current implementation, but case #3
> results in a complete system lockup due to missing timer
> interrupts. The current solution is to disable the local APIC timer
> and use the PIT in broadcast mode. This restricts the C1E enabled
> systems to periodic timer mode.
> The following patch series implements a C1E aware idle function which
> also covers the late C1E enablement (case #3):
> The function is selected during boot for CPUs which have possibly C1E
> support. The function checks the MSR which contains the C1E active
> bits before executing the halt instruction. When one of the C1E active
> bits is set, it makes the system C1E aware by enabling the timer
> broadcast mechanism for all CPUs. For high resolution timer and/or
> nohz enabled systems it calls the oneshot timer broadcast mechanism
> before executing the halt instruction. This is the same mechanism
> which is used in the ACPI C-State control for C2/C3 power states.
> On my C1E affected X2 box these patches reduce the wakeups/sec down to
> 20 according to powertop.
> The patches work fine on systems which are not affected by the dreaded
> ATI chipset timer wreckage. On those which have the problem, the box
> needs help from the keyboard to continue working.
> The x86 changes for .27 contain a complete overhaul of the affected
> code, but this is out of scope for this patchset.
> For those who are interested to test those patches on top of 2.6.26-rc
> I extracted a patch and added it to the c1e series. It's available
> from:
> or

I guess the x86-next-apic-timer-fixes.patch is a combination of all patches in
this series. Is that correct?

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