Does it make sense to create a centralized fan control module?

Heyi Guo guoheyi at
Wed Jun 16 12:02:16 AEST 2021

Hi All,

Any comments for my questions at the top of this thread?



On 2021/6/11 上午9:23, Heyi Guo wrote:
> Please ignore my early emails; only this one is the final version. I 
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> Sorry for the noise.
> Heyi
> On 2021/6/11 上午9:14, Heyi Guo wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Right now fan related data like tacho and PWM is fetched in 
>> dbus-sensors, and published to d-bus as sensor data, while fan 
>> control is made in another module like pid-control, which can fetch 
>> data and set value via d-bus.
>> In some common sense, we may think about putting all fan related work 
>> into one single module (which may be based on pid-control), i.e. it 
>> can read tacho and PWM from hardware directly, calculate the required 
>> PWM by some algorithm like PID, and then write to PWM hardware 
>> directly; the data will also be published to d-bus for other modules 
>> to consume, like fansensor from dbus-sensors.
>> Does it make sense to do that? Or is there any reason for the current 
>> design?
>> I'm new to OpenBMC and some of my understanding may be totally wrong.
>> Looking forward to your expert advice.
>> Thanks,
>> Heyi

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