Re: Attempted summary of suspend-blockers LKML thread

From: david
Date: Wed Aug 04 2010 - 14:33:02 EST

On Wed, 4 Aug 2010, Matthew Garrett wrote:

On Wed, Aug 04, 2010 at 09:32:16AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:

If this doesn't work for the Android folks for whatever reason, another
approach would be to do the freeze in user code, which could track
whether any user-level resources (pthread mutexes, SysV semas, whatever)
where held, and do the freeze on a thread-by-thread basis within each
"victim" application as the threads reach safe points.

The main problem I see with the cgroups solution is that it doesn't seem
to do anything to handle avoiding loss of wakeup events.

there are two cgroup solutions in discussion at this point.

weeks ago there was the suggestion to put non-privilaged tasks in a cgroup so that they could be frozen as a group. I thought the problem there was that there can be user-space dpendancies that would prevent privilaged tasks from working.

a couple days ago I made the suggestion to put non-privilaged tasks in a cgroup so that the idle/suspend decision code could ignore acitivity caused by this cgroup.

in the second version wakeup events would be 'activity' that would be counted and therefor the system would not be idle. As for the race with suspending and new things happening, wouldn't that be handled the same way that it is in a normal linux box?

David Lang
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