Re: [PATCH v5 5/5] intel_idle: Add S0ix validation

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 - 18:17:00 EST

On Fri, 7 Jul 2017, Derek Basehore wrote:
> This adds validation of S0ix entry and enables it on Skylake. Using
> the new tick_set_freeze_event function, we program the CPU to wake up
> X seconds after entering freeze. After X seconds, it will wake the CPU
> to check the S0ix residency counters and make sure we entered the
> lowest power state for suspend-to-idle.
> It exits freeze and reports an error to userspace when the SoC does
> not enter S0ix on suspend-to-idle.
> One example of a bug that can prevent a Skylake CPU from entering S0ix
> (suspend-to-idle) is a leaked reference count to one of the i915 power
> wells. The CPU will not be able to enter Package C10 and will
> therefore use about 4x as much power for the entire system. The issue
> is not specific to the i915 power wells though.

I really have a hard time to understand the usefulness of this.

All I can see so far is detecting that something went wrong. So if this
happens once per day all the user gets is a completely useless line in
dmesg. Even if that message comes more often, it still tells only that
something went wrong without the slightest information about the potential
root cause.

There are more issues with this: If there is a hrtimer scheduled on that
last CPU which enters the idle freeze state and that timer is 10 minutes
away, then the check timer can't be programmed and the system will happily
stay for 10 minutes in some shallow C state without notice. Not really

You know upfront whether the i915 power wells (or whatever other machinery)
is not powered off to allow the system to enter a specific power state. If
you think hard enough about creating infrastructure which allows you to
register power related facilities and then check them in that idle freeze
enter state, then you get immediate information WHY this happens and not
just the by chance notification about the fact that it happened.

I might be missing something, but aside of the issues I have with the
tick/clockevents abuse, this looks like some half baken ad hoc debugging
aid of dubious value.