Re: Questions about Runtime Power Management

From: Morales, Alejandra
Date: Tue Jun 11 2013 - 03:53:17 EST

2013/6/10 Oliver Neukum <oneukum@xxxxxxx>
> On Sunday 09 June 2013 16:28:21 Morales, Alejandra wrote:
> > I did a test with an external USB hard drive, checking the runtime power state before and after issuing a sleep command with hdparm -Y. The drive effectively spinned down, but the runtime power state didn't change from active to suspended.
> Hard disks, as opposed to USB storage devices, don't do kernel based runtime PM.
> If you give a drive commands by hdparm, implementation is the job of the disk and
> nothing else in the system learns about it.
> > - Do scsi device drivers implement the runtime_status updates when drives effectively change their state?
> > - Is runtime power management supported by net devices?
> >
> > Any answer would be really appreciated. Thanks in advance.
> You are approaching this from the wrong side. "net device" is the function of
> a device. It is effectively impossible to even define what runtime PM would mean
> in that case. You need to approach the question from the side of implementation.
> Is your device USB, PCI, SCSI, FibreChannel, ... ?
> As far as SCSI is concerned, yes SCSI devices can do runtime PM (in principle)
> The most mature implementation is USB.
> You need to furthermore realise that there are forms of runtime PM independent
> of the generic kernel based runtime PM (hdparm, USB LPM, ...)

Thanks Oliver, that was helpful. I will try now to do my testing using USB devices as it will likely be easier.

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