[PATCH 3/3] powercap, intel_rapl, Add ignore_max_time_window_check module parameter for broken BIOSes

From: Prarit Bhargava
Date: Thu Jan 21 2016 - 11:16:04 EST

Some systems erroneously set the maximum time window field of
MSR_PKG_POWER_INFO register to 0. This results in a user not being able
to set the time windows for the package. In some cases, however, RAPL
will still continue to work with a small window (albeit through some
trial and error). This patch adds a ignore_max_time_window_check module
parameter to avoid the maximum time window check in set_time_window().

[v2]: change name to max_time_window_check, fix (val == 0) check

Cc: "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rafael.j.wysocki@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Prarit Bhargava <prarit@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Radivoje Jovanovic <radivoje.jovanovic@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Seiichi Ikarashi <s.ikarashi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Mathias Krause <minipli@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Ajay Thomas <ajay.thomas.david.rajamanickam@xxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Prarit Bhargava <prarit@xxxxxxxxxx>
drivers/powercap/intel_rapl.c | 18 +++++++++++++++---
1 file changed, 15 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/powercap/intel_rapl.c b/drivers/powercap/intel_rapl.c
index 14753e5..939026d 100644
--- a/drivers/powercap/intel_rapl.c
+++ b/drivers/powercap/intel_rapl.c
@@ -505,13 +505,24 @@ static int get_max_time_window(struct powercap_zone *power_zone, int id,

if (rapl_read_data_raw(rd, MAX_TIME_WINDOW, true, &val))
ret = -EIO;
- else
+ else {
*data = val;
+ if (val == 0)
+ pr_warn_once(FW_BUG "intel_rapl: Maximum Time Window is zero. This is a BIOS bug that should be reported to your hardware or BIOS vendor. The value of zero may prevent Intel RAPL from functioning properly. Most bugs can be avoided by setting the ignore_max_window_check module parameter.\n");
+ }
return ret;

+/* Some BIOSes incorrectly program the maximum time window in the
+ * MSR_PKG_POWER_INFO register. Some of these systems still have functional
+ * RAPL registers, etc., so give the user the option of disabling the maximum
+ * time window check.
+ */
+static int ignore_max_time_window_check;
+module_param(ignore_max_time_window_check, int, 0444);
+MODULE_PARM_DESC(ignore_max_time_window_check, "Ignore maximum time window check. A bug should be reported to your hardware or BIOS vendor if this parameter is used.");
static int set_time_window(struct powercap_zone *power_zone, int id,
u64 window)
@@ -532,7 +543,8 @@ static int set_time_window(struct powercap_zone *power_zone, int id,
* The MSR_RAPL_POWER_UNIT register, read during initialization,
* does contain the smallest unit of time that can be measured.
- if ((window > max_window) || (window < rp->time_unit)) {
+ if ((!ignore_max_time_window_check && (window > max_window)) ||
+ (window < rp->time_unit)) {
ret = -EINVAL;
goto out;