Re: [RFT][Update][PATCH 2/2] cpufreq: intel_pstate: Update max CPU frequency on global turbo changes

From: Quentin Perret
Date: Thu Mar 07 2019 - 06:03:04 EST

Hi Rafael,

On Wednesday 06 Mar 2019 at 11:05:47 (+0100), Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> Please recall that the iowait boosting algo was different to start
> with, though: it jumped to the max right away and then backed off.
> That turned out to be overly aggressive in general and led to some
> undesired "jittery" behavior, which is why it was changed.
> Thus it looks like the platforms on which it still jumps to the max
> right away may actually benefit from changing it to more steps. :-)

On the energy side of things at least ... ;-)

> In turn, the platforms where it takes more than 3 steps for the boost
> to get to the max would get a slight performance improvement from this
> changes and I'm not sure why that could be bad.

For energy possibly ? IIUC this thread:

the original intent of the ramp thing for the iowait boost was to reduce
power consumption.

> Moreover, it didn't depend on the min originally, just on the max and
> just because I wanted the number of backoff steps needed to go back
> down to zero to be independent of the platform IIRC. The dependency
> on the min is sort of artificial here and leads to arbitrary
> differences in behavior between different platforms which isn't
> particularly fortunate.

It's a question of perspective I would say. Right now you can say the
behaviour is somewhat coherent across platforms: getting an IOWAIT boost
means you'll run twice as fast regardless of your board. With the '128
approach', you may or may not run faster, depending on your set of OPPs.

Also on recent big little SoCs, the capacity ratio can be pretty high.
You can get little CPUs with 300 of capacity or so. The arbitrary 128
thing is basically gonna go near max freq in one step, although the CPUs
actually 20 available OPPs or so. And I guess that's a shame.

For these reasons, I feel like it's not completely idiotic to have a
platform-dependent starting point, although arguably min_freq might not
always be the best choice.

> With all of that in mind, I would go right away to making the boost
> independent of min and max (the final number of steps to reach the max
> is TBD in practice, but 3 looks like a good enough compromise to me).

Perhaps the energy model could help find a good starting point, and a
good number of steps ?

FWIW there should be a slot at OSPM to discuss how sugov could be made
smarter using the EM :-).

> FWIW, the internal governor in intel_pstate has been changed along
> these lines already (the changes is waiting for Linus to pull it ATM).