Re: A few questions and issues with dynticks, NOHZ and powertop
From: Dominik Brodowski
Date: Sun Apr 04 2010 - 12:46:43 EST
On Sun, Apr 04, 2010 at 11:17:37AM -0400, Alan Stern wrote:
> On Sun, 4 Apr 2010, Dominik Brodowski wrote:
> > Booting a SMP-capable kernel with "nosmp", or manually offlining one CPU
> > (or -- though I haven't tested it -- booting a SMP-capable kernel on a
> > system with merely one CPU) means that in up to about half of the calls to
> > tick_nohz_stop_sched_tick() are aborted due to rcu_needs_cpu(). This is
> > quite strange to me: AFAIK, RCU is an excellent tool for SMP, but not really
> > needed for UP?
> I can't answer the real question here, not knowing enough about the RCU
> implementation. However, your impression is wrong: RCU very definitely
> _is_ useful and needed on UP systems. It coordinates among processes
> (and interrupt handlers) as well as among processors.
Okay, but still: can't this be sped up by much on UP (especially if
CONFIG_RCU_FAST_NO_HZ is set), so that we can go to sleep right away?
> > 3) USB: built-in UHCI and a built-in 0a5c:2101 Broadcom Corp. A-Link
> > BlueUsbA2 Bluetooth module; built-in EHCI and a built-in 0ac8:c302 Z-Star
> > Microelectronics Corp. Vega USB 2.0 Camera.
> > usbcore.autosuspend is enabled (= 2), of course.
> > Recent USB suspend statistics
> > Active Device name
> > 100.0% USB device 7-1 : BCM92045NMD (Broadcom Corp)
> > 100.0% USB device 1-2 : Vega USB 2.0 Camera. (Vimicro Corp.)
> > 100.0% USB device usb7 : UHCI Host Controller (Linux 2.6.34-rc3 uhci_hcd)
> > 100.0% USB device usb1 : EHCI Host Controller (Linux 2.6.34-rc3 ehci_hcd)
> > Booting into /bin/bash on a SMP kernel booted with "nosmp" leads to ~ 10
> > wakeups per second; disabling the cursor helps halfway (~ 5 wakeups); and
> > manually unbinding the USB host drivers from the USB host devices finally
> > lead to ~ 1.1 wakeups per second. What's keeping USB from suspending these
> > unused devices here?
> Either the drivers don't support autosuspend or the devices aren't
> enabled for autosuspend. By default, autosuspend is disabled for
> (almost) all non-hub devices. You or your distribution must enable
> it manually by doing:
> echo auto >/sys/bus/usb/devices/.../power/level
> If the driver doesn't support autosuspend then enabling it won't be
> enough; you'll also have to unbind the driver from the device. The
> easiest way to do this is to unconfigure the device:
> echo 0 >/sys/bus/usb/devices/.../bConfigurationValue
Thanks! This way, it works, even without manually unbinding the host
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