Re: Attempted summary of suspend-blockers LKML thread

From: Arve Hjønnevåg
Date: Tue Aug 03 2010 - 01:01:28 EST

2010/8/2 <david@xxxxxxx>:
> On Mon, 2 Aug 2010, Arve Hj?nnev?g wrote:
>> On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 5:08 PM,  <david@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2 Aug 2010, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
>>> you are close, but I think what I'm proposing is actually simpler
>>> (assuming
>>> that the scheduler can be configured to generate the appropriate stats)
>>> my thought was not to move applications between cgroups as they
>>> aquire/release the suspend-block lock, bur rather to say that any
>>> application that you would trust to get the suspend-block lock should be
>>> in
>>> cgroup A while all other applications are in cgroup B
>>> when you are deciding if the system shoudl go to sleep because it is
>>> idle,
>>> ignore the activity of all applications in cgroup B
>>> if cgroup A applications are busy, the system is not idle and should not
>>> suspend.
>> Triggering suspend from idle has been suggested before. However, idle
>> is not a signal that it is safe to suspend since timers stop in
>> suspend (or the code could temporarily be waiting on a non-wakeup
>> interrupt). If you add suspend blockers or wakelocks to prevent
>> suspend while events you care about are pending, then it does not make
>> a lot of sense to prevent suspend just because the cpu is not idle.
> isn't this a matter of making the suspend decision look at what timers have
> been set to expire in the near future and/or tweaking how long the system
> needs to be idle before going to sleep?

You are describing low power idle modes, not suspend. Most timers stop
in suspend, so a timer set 10 seconds from now when entering suspend
will go off 10 seconds after resume so it should have no impact on how
long you decide to stay in suspend.

> to properly do a good job at suspending hyperagressivly you need to look at
> when you need to wake back up (after all, if you are only going to sleep for
> 1 second, it makes no sense to try and enter a sleep state that takes .5
> seconds to get into and .6 seconds to get out of, you need to pick a lighter
> power saving mode)
> if you really want to have the application be able to say 'I am ready for
> you to go to sleep NOW and I don't want any chance of waking back up until
> the system is ready for me to do so' it may be possible to have a special
> dev file that when a program attempts to read from it the program is
> considered to have been idle forever (expiring any 'delay since last
> activity' timers that are running for that process) and when the device
> wakes back up (or after a little bit of time if the device decides not to go
> back to sleep), allow the return from the blocking call to allow the app to
> continue running.
> but I am not sure that something like that is needed. I think just checking
> for timers that are due to expire 'soon' and tweaking how long the system
> must be 'idle' before it decides to go to sleep should be good enough.
> David Lang

Arve Hjønnevåg
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