[PATCH v2 4/4] ath10k: Enable sta idle power save

Arend van Spriel arend.vanspriel at broadcom.com
Fri Apr 20 01:16:31 PDT 2018

On 4/20/2018 9:21 AM, Sebastian Gottschall wrote:
>>> Yes this is WIFI chip set level power-save(based on idleness) and not
>>> related to protocol power save. FW will turn off/scale down the
>>> resources(clock/rails) based on opportunity(when ever idle mode is
>>> detected). This power save is mostly done in disconnected state. I am
>>> not really sure when framework/user-space triggers power-save
>>> config(iw dev <devname> set power_save on/off). Then doing this from
>>> user-space will be unnecessarily toggling this config or may not be
>>> setting at disconnected state.
>> I think that 'set power_save' commands affects struct
>> ieee80211_bss_conf::ps parameter and I don't think it should be used in
>> this case. We already have ath10k_config_ps() for 802.11 level of power
>> saving.
>> Arend again proposed runtime-pm with which I'm not very familiar. But
>> why would we want to disable this? Doesn't it make sense to have this
>> feature always enabled to save power? wcn3990 is a chip for a mobile
>> device anyway.
> it might be made for mobile devices but who knows how it is used by the
> market.

Reading the explanation above it does not make sense to use runtime-pm. 
That would only come into play if the host driver would actually control 
the resources being turned off/scaled down.

So this is purely reducing power-consumption of the chip. However, it 
would be good to know the consequences in terms of responsiveness to 
firmware commands for instance when requesting a scan operation. Another 
thing to consider is to provide user-space with possibility to change 
this configuration (maybe through debugfs?).


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