[PATCH 00/10] mm: Linux VM Infrastructure to support Memory Power Management

Dave Hansen dave at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed Jun 29 13:06:24 EDT 2011

I was kinda hoping for something a bit simpler than that.  I'd boil down
what you were saying to this:

     1. The kernel must be aware of how the pieces of hardware are
        mapped in to the system's physical address space
     2. The kernel must have a mechanism in place to minimize access to
        specific pieces of hardware 
     3. For destructive power-down operations, the kernel should have a
        mechanism in place to ensure that no valuable data is contained
        in the memory to be powered down.

Is that complete?

On Wed, 2011-06-29 at 18:30 +0530, Ankita Garg wrote:
> 1) Dynamic Power Transition: The memory controller can have the ability
> to automatically transition regions of memory into lower power states
> when they are devoid of references for a pre-defined threshold amount of
> time. Memory contents are preserved in the low power states and accessing
> memory that is at a low power state takes a latency hit.
> 2) Dynamic Power Off: If a region is free/unallocated, the software can
> indicate to the controller to completely turn off power to a certain
> region. Memory contents are lost and hence the software has to be
> absolutely sure about the usage statistics of the particular region. This
> is a runtime capability, where the required amount of memory can be
> powered 'ON' to match the workload demands.
> 3) Partial Array Self-Refresh (PASR): If a certain regions of memory is
> free/unallocated, the software can indicate to the controller to not
> refresh that region when the system goes to suspend-to-ram state and
> thereby save standby power consumption.

(3) is simply a subset of (2), but with the additional restriction that
the power off can only occur during a suspend operation.  

Let's say we fully implemented support for (2).  What would be missing
to support PASR?

-- Dave

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