[PATCH] cpuidle/menu: Fail cpuidle_idle_call() if no idle state is acceptable

Srivatsa S. Bhat srivatsa.bhat at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Tue Jan 14 18:37:32 EST 2014

On 01/14/2014 12:30 PM, Srivatsa S. Bhat wrote:
> On 01/14/2014 11:35 AM, Preeti U Murthy wrote:
>> On PowerPC, in a particular test scenario, all the cpu idle states were disabled.
>> Inspite of this it was observed that the idle state count of the shallowest
>> idle state, snooze, was increasing.
>> This is because the governor returns the idle state index as 0 even in
>> scenarios when no idle state can be chosen. These scenarios could be when the
>> latency requirement is 0 or as mentioned above when the user wants to disable
>> certain cpu idle states at runtime. In the latter case, its possible that no
>> cpu idle state is valid because the suitable states were disabled
>> and the rest did not match the menu governor criteria to be chosen as the
>> next idle state.
>> This patch adds the code to indicate that a valid cpu idle state could not be
>> chosen by the menu governor and reports back to arch so that it can take some
>> default action.
> That sounds fair enough. However, the "default" action of pseries idle loop
> (pseries_lpar_idle()) surprises me. It enters Cede, which is _deeper_ than doing
> a snooze! IOW, a user might "disable" cpuidle or set the PM_QOS_CPU_DMA_LATENCY
> to 0 hoping to prevent the CPUs from going to deep idle states, but then the
> machine would still end up going to Cede, even though that wont get reflected
> in the idle state counts. IMHO that scenario needs some thought as well...

I checked the git history and found that the default idle was changed (on purpose)
to cede the processor, in order to speed up booting.. Hmm..

commit 363edbe2614aa90df706c0f19ccfa2a6c06af0be
Author: Vaidyanathan Srinivasan <svaidy at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Date:   Fri Sep 6 00:25:06 2013 +0530

    powerpc: Default arch idle could cede processor on pseries

Srivatsa S. Bhat

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