Re: [PATCH 1/3] cpuidle,x86: increase forced cut-off for polling to 20us

From: Rik van Riel
Date: Thu Oct 29 2015 - 07:55:12 EST

On 10/29/2015 06:17 AM, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
> On 10/28/2015 11:46 PM, riel@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> From: Rik van Riel <riel@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> The cpuidle menu governor has a forced cut-off for polling at 5us,
>> in order to deal with firmware that gives the OS bad information
>> on cpuidle states, leading to the system spending way too much time
>> in polling.
> May be I am misunderstanding your explanation but it is not how I read
> the code.
> The default idle state is C1 (hlt) if no other states suits the
> constraint. If a timer is happening really soon, then set the default
> idle state to POLL if no other idle state suits the constraint.
> That applies only on x86.

With the current code, the default idle state is C1 (hlt) even if
C1 does not suit the constraint.

> This is not related to break-even but exit latency.

Why would we not care about break-even for C1?

On systems where going into C1 for too-short periods wastes
power, why would we waste the power when we expect a very
short sleep?

> IMO, we should just drop this 5us and the POLL state selection in the
> menu governor as we have since a while hyper fast C1 exit. Except a few
> embedded processors where polling is not adequate.

We have hyper fast C1 exit on Nehalem and newer high performance
chips. On those chips, we will pick C1 (or deeper) when we have
an expected sleep time of just a few microseconds.

However, on Atom, and for the paravirt cpuidle driver I am
working on, C1 exit latency and target residence are higher
than the cut-off hardcoded in the menu governor.

> Furthermore, the number of times the poll state is selected vs the other
> states is negligible.

And it will continue to be with this patch, on CPUs with
hyper fast C1 exit.

Which makes me confused about what your are objecting to,
since the system should continue to be have the way you want,
with the patch applied.

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