Re: [PATCH v3 1/3] cpufreq: Add boost frequency support in core
From: Lukasz Majewski
Date: Tue Jun 18 2013 - 05:13:25 EST
On Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:10:28 +0530, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> On 18 June 2013 13:54, Lukasz Majewski <l.majewski@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:42:13 +0200, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> >> Its not about how long.. One cpu type can work longer with boost
> >> freq compared to other.
> >> What we probably need is:
> >> - Enabled boost from sysfs if required (now below steps will come
> >> into picture)
> >> - See how many cpus are running, if only one then start using boost
> >> freqs
> > You are right here.
> > I'd like to propose following solution:
> > 1. For acpi (where boost_enable come into play) - do not consider
> > number of active cpus (this is done in HW anyway)
> > 2. For SW solution evaluate how many CPUs are running. If only one
> > is running then allow enabling boost from sysfs.
> Looks fine.
> > But following situation is also possible: User enable boost when one
> > core is only running and then for some reason other core is woken
> > up. What shall be done then?
> > Shall we then disable boost immediately when cpufreq detects that
> > more than one core is running? Or leave this situation to be
> > handled by thermal subsystem?
> Obviously disable boost ASAP. Every SoC might not have a thermal
> framework glue to do it.
Implementation of counting number of idle CPUs would impose extending
the cpufreq core itself. Do you have any hints how this can be done in
a neat way?
I suspect, that porting the LAB solution to the cpufreq core may be not
easy. I think that the best place for it would be governor core code.
> > As a side note:
> > Logic proposed at point 2, is already implemented at LAB
> > (enable LAB only when one core is running and disable it when more
> > than one come into play).
> Hmm.. So, eventually that will go away now :)
But this is not the only functionality, which LAB posses :-).
> >> - Now thermal should be come into picture to save chip in case a
> >> single cpu running at boost can burn it out.
> > I will extent v4 to embrace code which switches off boost at
> > thermal.
Samsung R&D Institute Poland (SRPOL) | Linux Platform Group
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/