Re: [PATCH 1/1 v3] Honor state disabling in the cpuidle ladder governor

From: Carsten Emde
Date: Thu Jul 19 2012 - 18:36:01 EST

On 07/19/2012 11:48 PM, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
On Thursday, July 19, 2012, Carsten Emde wrote:
There are two cpuidle governors ladder and menu. While the ladder
governor is always available, if CONFIG_CPU_IDLE is selected, the
menu governor additionally requires CONFIG_NO_HZ.

A particular C state can be disabled by writing to the sysfs file
/sys/devices/system/cpu/cpuN/cpuidle/stateN/disable, but this mechanism
is only implemented in the menu governor. Thus, in a system where
CONFIG_NO_HZ is not selected, the ladder governor becomes default and
always will walk through all sleep states - irrespective of whether the
C state was disabled via sysfs or not. The only way to select a specific
C state was to write the related latency to /dev/cpu_dma_latency and
keep the file open as long as this setting was required - not very
practical and not suitable for setting a single core in an SMP system.

With this patch, the ladder governor only will promote to the next
C state, if it has not been disabled, and it will demote, if the
current C state was disabled.

Note that the patch does not make the setting of the sysfs variable
"disable" coherent, i.e. if one is disabling a light state, then all
deeper states are disabled as well, but the "disable" variable does not
reflect it. Likewise, if one enables a deep state but a lighter state
still is disabled, then this has no effect. A related section has been
added to the documentation.

Signed-off-by: Carsten Emde<C.Emde@xxxxxxxxx>

This looks fine to me, but it's too late for v3.6. I can queue it up
for v3.7, though.
Yes, please.

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