[PATCH] cpuidle: Measure idle state durations with monotonic clock

Daniel Lezcano daniel.lezcano at linaro.org
Thu Nov 15 21:52:19 EST 2012

On 11/15/2012 02:56 AM, Julius Werner wrote:
> Many cpuidle drivers measure their time spent in an idle state by
> reading the wallclock time before and after idling and calculating the
> difference. This leads to erroneous results when the wallclock time gets
> updated by another processor in the meantime, adding that clock
> adjustment to the idle state's time counter.
> If the clock adjustment was negative, the result is even worse due to an
> erroneous cast from int to unsigned long long of the last_residency
> variable. The negative 32 bit integer will zero-extend and result in a
> forward time jump of roughly four billion milliseconds or 1.3 hours on
> the idle state residency counter.
> This patch changes all affected cpuidle drivers to either use the
> monotonic clock for their measurements or make use of the generic time
> measurement wrapper in cpuidle.c, which was already working correctly.
> Some superfluous CLIs/STIs in the ACPI code are removed (interrupts
> should always already be disabled before entering the idle function, and
> not get reenabled until the generic wrapper has performed its second
> measurement). It also removes the erroneous cast, making sure that
> negative residency values are applied correctly even though they should
> not appear anymore.
> Signed-off-by: Julius Werner <jwerner at chromium.org>

Tested on a Core 2 Duo (processor_idle driver).

Tested-by: Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano at linaro.org>
Acked-by: Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano at linaro.org>

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