Re: [Update][PATCH 7/8] PM / Domains: System-wide transitions support for generic domains (v3)

From: Kevin Hilman
Date: Wed Jun 22 2011 - 18:18:27 EST

"Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@xxxxxxx> writes:

> On Wednesday, June 22, 2011, Kevin Hilman wrote:
>> "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@xxxxxxx> writes:
>> > From: Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw@xxxxxxx>
>> >
>> > Make generic PM domains support system-wide power transitions
>> > (system suspend and hibernation). Add suspend, resume, freeze, thaw,
>> > poweroff and restore callbacks to be associated with struct
>> > generic_pm_domain objects and make pm_genpd_init() use them as
>> > appropriate.
>> >
>> > The new callbacks do nothing for devices belonging to power domains
>> > that were powered down at run time (before the transition).
>> Great, this is the approach I prefer too, but...
>> Now I'm confused. Leaving runtime suspended devices alone is what I was
>> doing in my subsystem but was told not to. According to
>> "it's generally agreed that _all_ devices should return to full
>> power during system resume -- even if they were runtime suspended
>> before the system sleep."
> Well, let's say this part of the documentation is slightly outdated.
> It basically refers to the model in which system suspend is a separate global
> hardware or firmware operation, so the state of devices may be changed by the
> BIOS or whatever takes over control in the meantime. In that case the kernel
> has to ensure that the states of devices are consistent with what it thinks
> about them and the simplest way to achieve that is to put the devices to
> full power during resume (and back to low power if that's desirable).
> However, in the case of the systems this patchset is intended for system
> suspend is achieved by putting various hardware components into low-power
> states directly in a coordinated way and the system sleep state effectively
> follows from the low-power states the hardware components end up in. The
> system is woken up from this state by an interrupt or another mechanism under
> the kernel's control. As a result, the kernel never gives control away, so
> the state of devices after the resume is precisely known to it.
> In consequence, it need not ensure that the state of devices is consistent with
> its view, because it knows that this is the case. :-)
> So the documentation should be updated to say what hardware model it is
> referring to.

Great! Thanks for the clarification.

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