[PATCH 0/3] cpu: idle state framework for offline CPUs.

Vaidyanathan Srinivasan svaidy at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Mon Aug 10 12:00:05 EST 2009

* Rafael J. Wysocki <rjw at sisk.pl> [2009-08-09 15:22:02]:

> On Sunday 09 August 2009, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > Hi!
> > 
> > > > Also, approaches such as [1] can make use of this
> > > > extended infrastructure instead of putting the CPU to an arbitrary C-state
> > > > when it is offlined, thereby providing the system administrator a rope to hang
> > > > himself with should he feel the need to do so.
> > > I didn't see the reason why administrator needs to know which state offline cpu
> > > should stay. Don't know about powerpc side, but in x86 side, it appears deepest
> > > C-state is already preferred.
> > > 
> > 
> > Agreed, deepest c-state is always best, there's no need to make it configurable.
> Unless it doesn't work.

Yes, this is one of the reason.  Kernel will know about the deepest
sleep state and any restrictions and should set that as default in the
preferred_offline state. End-users and sys-admins need not change it,
default will be the deepest sleep state supported and allowed by the
system which may be different than the one supported by the processor.

This framework could allow the default to be set easily by other
userspace tools.  These restrictions apply to cpuidle governor as
well, hence at some level both these subsystems should be in sync.

As described in this patch series, the meaning of offline cpu is
different in a virtualized system and this framework provides
flexibility of choice there.  Platforms today do have a choice on what
state an offline cpu should reside, this framework is one of the
possible methods to exploit that choice and not restrict it due to
lack of OS flexibility.


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