Re: [PATCH v3 0/2] Add stop callback to the cpufreq_driver interface.

From: Viresh Kumar
Date: Wed Mar 19 2014 - 01:39:46 EST

On 19 March 2014 06:23, Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:25:14 PM Dirk Brandewie wrote:
>> On 03/18/2014 12:08 PM, Srivatsa S. Bhat wrote:
>> > On 03/18/2014 10:52 PM, dirk.brandewie@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> >> From: Dirk Brandewie <dirk.j.brandewie@xxxxxxxxx>
>> >>
>> >
>> > I don't mean to nitpick, but generally its easier to deal with
>> > patchsets if you post the subsequent versions in fresh email threads.
>> > Otherwise it can get a bit muddled along with too many other email
>> > discussions in the same thread :-(
>> >
>> >> Changes:
>> >> v2->v3
>> >> Changed the calling of the ->stop() callback to be conditional on the
>> >> core being the last core controlled by a given policy.
>> >>
>> >
>> > Wait, why? I'm sorry if I am not catching up with the discussions on
>> > this issue quickly enough, but I don't see why we should make it
>> > conditional on _that_. I thought we agreed that we should make it
>> > conditional in the sense that ->stop() should be invoked only for
>> > ->setpolicy drivers, right?
>> This was done at Viresh's suggestion since thought there might be value
>> for ->target drivers.
>> Any of the options work for me
>> called only for set_policy scaling drivers
> And that's what we should do *today* in my opinion, unless we want to add
> it to any ->target() drivers *right* now. Do we want that?

We don't have a platform right now that might want to use it, but people
are doing this during suspend and so there is a high possibility that they
will use it while normal cpu offline as well..

This is what I think:
- We are adding a new callback to struct cpufreq_driver..
- We have a classic case here because a driver (set-policy ones) is both a
driver and governor. And that's why its special..
- All we want here is to give drivers a chance to do something useful on the
CPUs that are going down..
- There is nothing like GOV_STOP for setpolicy drivers as we never needed
it and if we really want that, probably we better register setpolicy drivers as
governors as well (only to a level where they would get GOV_START|STOP|etc)
callbacks and nothing else.
- And so I wanted the ->stop() callback to be more about the driver than the
- And because a policy contains only the CPUs that share clock line, its
only required to call stop() for last CPU of the policy.

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