Re: runtime PM and special power switches

From: Alan Stern
Date: Tue Sep 11 2012 - 17:32:18 EST

On Tue, 11 Sep 2012, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:

> Hi,
> On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Dave Airlie wrote:
> > Hi Rafael,
> >
> > I've been investigating runtime PM support for some use-cases on GPUs.
> >
> > In some laptops we have a secondary GPU (optimus) that can be powered
> > up for certain 3D tasks and then turned off when finished with. Now I
> > did an initial pass on supporting it without using the kernel runtime
> > PM stuff, but Alan said I should take a look so here I am.
> Alan Stern or Alan Cox? :-)
> > While I've started to get a handle on things, we have a bit of an
> > extra that I'm not sure we cater for.
> >
> > Currently we get called from the PCI layer which after we are finished
> > with our runtime suspend callback, will go put the device into the
> > correct state etc, however on these optimus/powerxpress laptops we
> > have a separate ACPI or platform driver controlled power switch that
> > we need to call once the PCI layer is finished the job. This switch
> > effectively turns the power to the card completely off leaving it
> > drawing no power.
> >
> > No we can't hit the switch from the driver callback as the PCI layer
> > will get lost, so I'm wondering how you'd envisage we could plug this
> > in.
> Hmm. In principle we might modify pci_pm_runtime_suspend() so that it
> doesn't call pci_finish_runtime_suspend() if pci_dev->state_saved is
> set. That would actually make it work in analogy with pci_pm_suspend_noirq(),
> so perhaps it's not even too dangerous.

This sounds more like a job for a power domain. Unless the power
switch is already in the device hierarchy as a parent to the PCI

Alan Stern

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