[v8 PATCH 2/8]: cpuidle: implement a list based approach to register a set of idle routines.
Arun R Bharadwaj
arun at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Thu Oct 8 22:01:06 EST 2009
* Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra at chello.nl> [2009-10-08 12:50:33]:
> On Thu, 2009-10-08 at 16:12 +0530, Arun R Bharadwaj wrote:
> > > So cpuidle didn't already have a list of idle functions it takes an
> > > appropriate one from?
> > >
> > No.. As of now, cpuidle supported only one _set_ of idle states that
> > can be registered. So in this one set, it would choose the appropriate
> > idle state. But this list mechanism(actually a stack) allows for
> > multiple sets.
> > This is needed because we have a hierarchy of idle states discovery
> > in x86. First, select_idle_routine() would select poll/mwait/default/c1e.
> > It doesn't know of existance of ACPI. Later when ACPI comes up,
> > it registers a set of routines on top of the earlier set.
> > > Then what does this governor do?
> > >
> > The governor would only select the best idle state available from the
> > set of states which is at the top of the stack. (In the above case, it
> > would only consider the states registered by ACPI).
> > If the top-of-the-stack set of idle states is unregistered, the next
> > set of states on the stack are considered.
> > > Also, does this imply the governor doesn't consider these idle routines?
> > >
> > As i said above, governor would only consider the idle routines which
> > are at the top of the stack.
> > Hope this gave a better idea..
> So does it make sense to have a set of sets?
> Why not integrate them all into one set to be ruled by this governor
Right now there is a clean hierarchy. So breaking that would mean
putting the registration of all idle routines under ACPI. So, if ACPI
fails to come up or if ACPI is not supported, that would lead to
problems. Because if that happens now, we can fallback to the
initially registered set.
Also, if a module wants to register a set of routines later on, that
cant be added to the initially registered set. So i think we need this
set of sets.
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