Re: Thermal kernel events API to userspace - Was: Re: thermal:Avoid CONFIG_NET compile dependency

From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
Date: Tue Jan 25 2011 - 10:52:07 EST

On Tue, 25 Jan 2011, Zhang Rui wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-01-25 at 00:07 +0800, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > > > > Also, the thermal_aux0 and _aux1, we can use the final format specified by you.
> > > > > enum events {
> > > > > /* user defined thermal events */
> > > > > THERMAL_USER_AUX0,
> > > > > THERMAL_USER_AUX1,
> > > > > };
> >
> > Please give us at least two levels of thermal alarm: critical and emergency
> > (or warning and critical -- it doesn't matter much, as long as there are at
> > least two levels, and which one comes first is defined by the
> > specification). I'd have immediate use for them on thinkpads.
> >
> > It is probably best to have three levels (warning, critical, emergency).
> > Best not to tie the API/ABI to the notion of "too hot", one can also alarm
> > when it starts to get to cold.
> >
> when it's the "too hot" case, what kind of action should be taken upon
> the warning/critical/emergency events?
> I mean what's the difference between these three levels.

*ASSUMING* it is monitoring the box (which is a damn big assumption, and
should be stated outright):

Warning: do something to stop generating so much heat, warn user, try to
increase cooling. Let userspace bother with this.

Critical: *STOP* generating so much heat (throttle cpu, throttle GPU,
shutdown non-critical devices, etc). Increase cooling to max. WARN the
user that a machine emergency exists and shutdown is imminent, and that he
has to power off or sleep to ram *NOW*.

Emergency: emergency sync, and initiate immediate suspend to ram. If that
fails, initiate emergency powerdown.

Likely one wants kernel notifiers for this stuff, too, so that we can have
in-kernel handlers (optional or not, configurable or not, that is orthogonal
to the issue) that can try to do something to help.

"One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
Henrique Holschuh
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