Re: [RFC, v2] powerpc/powernv: Introduce kernel param to control fastsleep workaround behavior

From: Benjamin Herrenschmidt
Date: Tue Mar 17 2015 - 05:40:31 EST

On Tue, 2015-03-17 at 19:57 +1100, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> So my first preference is that you just bite the bullet and decide to either
> always apply the workaround, or just stick with the current behaviour. That's a
> trade-off between (I think) better idle latency but a risk of checkstops, vs.
> slower idle latency but less (how much less?) risk of checkstops.
> I think the reason you're proposing a kernel parameter is because we aren't
> willing to make that decision, ie. we're saying that users should decide. Is
> that right?

Correct. More specifically, a fairly high profile user that I will not
name here has expressed interest in such a feature...

> I'm not a big fan of kernel parameters. They are a pain to use, and are often
> just pushing a decision down one layer for no reason. What I mean is that
> individual users are probably just going to accept whatever the default value
> is from their distro.

Right. This is quite an obscure tunable.

> But anyway, that's a bit of a rant.
> As far as this patch is concerned, I don't think it actually needs to be a
> kernel parameter.
> >From what I can see below, the decision as to whether you apply the workaround
> or not doesn't affect the list of idle states. So this could just as well be a
> runtime parameter, ie. a sysfs file, which can then be set by the user whenever
> they like? They might do it in a boot script, but that's up to them.

Right, that would work too.

> For simplicity I think it would also be fine to make it a write-once parameter,
> ie. you don't need to handle undoing it.

It would be easy enough to make it rw using stop machine I think...

> I think the only complication that would add is that you'd need to be a little
> careful about the order in which you nop out the calls vs applying the
> workaround, in case some threads are idle when you're called.

I wouldn't bother with NOP'ing in that case, a runtime test will probably be noise
in the measurement.


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