Re: [PATCH 2/6] PM: Asynchronous resume of devices

From: Rafael J. Wysocki
Date: Sat Aug 29 2009 - 15:17:44 EST

On Saturday 29 August 2009, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> On Saturday 29 August 2009, Alan Stern wrote:
> > Strictly speaking, a new thread should be started only when needed.
> > That is, only when all the existing threads are busy running a
> > callback. It shouldn't be too hard to keep track of when that happens.
> The async framework does that for us. :-)

So, when I said "async threads", I should have rather said "async functions",
because one async thread can execute multiple functions scheduled with

Taking that into consideration, it all works like this. When there's a new
async device to handle and there are no async threads available, a new thread
is started and it runs the async function that handles the device and
"opportunistically" searches dpm_list (once) for other device that are ready
for handling. After this function has returned, the thread goes to sleep and
it only exits after being idle for 1 s. In turn, when there's a new async
device to handle and there are async threads available, on of them gets the
async function to run.

I don't really think we can do much better than this in any other approach.

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