[PATCH 00/16] big.LITTLE low-level CPU and cluster power management
josephl at nvidia.com
Mon Jan 14 21:44:08 EST 2013
On Mon, 2013-01-14 at 22:05 +0800, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Jan 2013, Joseph Lo wrote:
> > Hi Nicolas,
> > On Thu, 2013-01-10 at 08:20 +0800, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> > > This is the initial public posting of the initial support for big.LITTLE.
> > > Included here is the code required to safely power up and down CPUs in a
> > > b.L system, whether this is via CPU hotplug, a cpuidle driver or the
> > > Linaro b.L in-kernel switcher[*] on top of this. Only SMP secondary
> > > boot and CPU hotplug support is included at this time. Getting to this
> > > point already represents a significcant chunk of code as illustrated by
> > > the diffstat below.
> > >
> > >
> > Thanks for introducing this series.
> > I am taking a look at this series. It introduced an algorithm for
> > syncing and avoid racing when syncing the power status of clusters and
> > CPUs. Do you think these codes could have a chance to become a generic
> > framework?
> Yes. As I mentioned before, the bL_ prefix is implied only by the fact
> that big.LITTLE was the motivation for creating this code.
> > The Tegra chip series had a similar design for CPU clusters and it
> > limitation that the CPU0 always needs to be the last CPU to be shut down
> > before cluster power down as well. I believe it can also get benefits of
> > this works. We indeed need a similar algorithm to sync CPUs power status
> > before cluster power down and switching.
> > The "bL_entry.c", "bL_entry.S", "bL_entry.h", "vlock.h" and "vlock.S"
> > looks have a chance to be a common framework for ARM platform even if it
> > just support one cluster. Because some systems had the limitations for
> > cluster power down. That's why the coupled cpuidle been introduced. And
> > this framework could be enabled automatically if platform dependent or
> > by menuconfig.
So do you have a plan to make it become a generic framework in this
series or later work?
(And I will add some common power sync wrapper functions that based on
this framework for all Tegra series.)
> > For ex,
> > select CPUS_CLUSTERS_POWER_SYNC_FRAMEWORK if SMP && CPU_PM
> > How do you think of this suggestion?
> I'd prefer a more concise name though.
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