[PATCH 01/35] ACPI/acpi_pad: Remove the local apic nonsense

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Mon Feb 16 2015 - 08:16:24 EST

From: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

While looking through the (ab)use of the clockevents_notify() function
I stumbled over the following gem in the acpi_pad code:

if (lapic_detected_unstable && !lapic_marked_unstable) {
/* LAPIC could halt in idle, so notify users */
clockevents_notify(CLOCK_EVT_NOTIFY_BROADCAST_ON, &i);
lapic_marked_unstable = 1;

This code calls on the cpu which detects the lapic unstable condition
first clockevents_notify() to tell the core code that the broadcast
should be enabled on all online cpus. Brilliant stuff that as it
notifies the core code a num_online_cpus() times that the broadcast
should be enabled on the current cpu.

This probably has never been noticed because that code got never
tested with NOHZ=n and HIGHRES_TIMER=n or it just worked by chance
because one of the other mechanisms told the core in the right way
that the local apic timer is wreckaged.

Sigh, this is:

- The 4th incarnation of idle drivers which has their own mechanism
to detect and deal with X86_FEATURE_ARAT.

- The 2nd incarnation of fake idle mechanisms with a different set of
brainmelting bugs.

- Has been merged against an explicit NAK of the scheduler
maintainer with the promise to improve it over time.

- Another example of featuritis driven trainwreck engineering.

- Another pointless waste of my time.

Fix this nonsense by removing that lapic detection and notification
logic and simply call into the clockevents code unconditonally. The
ARAT feature is marked in the lapic clockevent already so the core
code will just ignore the requests and return.

Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Len Brown <lenb@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: linux-acpi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
drivers/acpi/acpi_pad.c | 26 +++++---------------------
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 21 deletions(-)

Index: linux/drivers/acpi/acpi_pad.c
--- linux.orig/drivers/acpi/acpi_pad.c
+++ linux/drivers/acpi/acpi_pad.c
@@ -41,8 +41,6 @@ static unsigned long power_saving_mwait_

static unsigned char tsc_detected_unstable;
static unsigned char tsc_marked_unstable;
-static unsigned char lapic_detected_unstable;
-static unsigned char lapic_marked_unstable;

static void power_saving_mwait_init(void)
@@ -82,13 +80,10 @@ static void power_saving_mwait_init(void
if (!boot_cpu_has(X86_FEATURE_NONSTOP_TSC))
tsc_detected_unstable = 1;
- if (!boot_cpu_has(X86_FEATURE_ARAT))
- lapic_detected_unstable = 1;
- /* TSC & LAPIC could halt in idle */
+ /* TSC could halt in idle */
tsc_detected_unstable = 1;
- lapic_detected_unstable = 1;
@@ -177,28 +172,17 @@ static int power_saving_thread(void *dat
mark_tsc_unstable("TSC halts in idle");
tsc_marked_unstable = 1;
- if (lapic_detected_unstable && !lapic_marked_unstable) {
- int i;
- /* LAPIC could halt in idle, so notify users */
- for_each_online_cpu(i)
- clockevents_notify(
- &i);
- lapic_marked_unstable = 1;
- }
+ clockevents_notify(CLOCK_EVT_NOTIFY_BROADCAST_ON, &cpu);
cpu = smp_processor_id();
- if (lapic_marked_unstable)
- clockevents_notify(
+ clockevents_notify(CLOCK_EVT_NOTIFY_BROADCAST_ENTER, &cpu);

mwait_idle_with_hints(power_saving_mwait_eax, 1);

- if (lapic_marked_unstable)
- clockevents_notify(
+ clockevents_notify(CLOCK_EVT_NOTIFY_BROADCAST_EXIT, &cpu);

if (time_before(expire_time, jiffies)) {

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